An End of Identity Theft

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Identity theft is a major problem that has simple solutions. Put an end to it by following these three easy tasks.

Submitted: May 24, 2017

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An End of Identity Theft

 

 

Day after day thieves are gaining personal information, stealing money, and hacking into personal accounts. Image result for identity theft graphs

 

This is known as identity theft.

 

Identity theft is on the rise. In fact it rose 50% from 2005 to 2010 and is continually gaining popularity (J. Craig). There are many different types of theft that people suffer from, as shown in the graph to the right. Although there is no way to completely prevent identity theft, being more conscious and aware of it can reduce the risk of it happening to you. Three main ways to ensure your safety include, one, disposing of all documents correctly, two, monitoring all of your personal accounts, and three, investing in companies that specialize in identity theft protection.

 

As said by our former president of the United States, Barack Obama, “If we’re going to be connected, then we need to be protected.” (The President)

 

People in our world today who are connected to the real world of finances and other fields need to ensure they are doing it safely and not being stolen from.

 

Many thieves recover information from old documents. A method referred to as, ‘dumpster diving’ is commonly used to steal from people. A very successful way to prevent this is to shredeverything before disregarding it. Credit cards, checks, bills, and even receipts should never be thrown away in their entirety (Top12). A task as simple as throwing away things is a major cause of identity theft, and being aware of it can help to put an end to it.

 

Monitoring personal accounts is yet another way to aid fraud prevention. There are ways that everyone should monitor their personal information in order to ensure no one is stealing from them. Monthly, credit card holders receive reports of all the things paid for with their lines. Most just throw away these reports. Reviewing this can ensure you are not being stolen from. Bank accounts should be examined thoroughly and routinely. Banks can help if you contact them immediately after noticing any unauthorized transactions, but this can only be done if you are aware of the theft (Top 12). Thus, you should constantly review your personal accounts.

 

Though monitoring accounts and looking after your personal information is not a very difficult task, there are agencies that specialize in identity theft. These companies are experts at protecting private information and can help prevent fraud. They will examine all of your bills closely and keep a constant watch over your personal information (Consumer Information). Also, having someone who specializes in this field review your information is very beneficial. Although, they can not necessarily prevent identity theft, these companies can help reduce the chance of it happening to you. If theft occurs, these companies can walk you through the steps of stopping it, rather than you trying to do it on your own.

 

Identity theft is increasing in popularity today. If you are not aware of it, then this type of fraud is more likely to happen to you. Throwing away personal possessions correctly, and monitoring accounts and transactions can put you at a decreased risk of theft. Fraud protection agencies are also very beneficial way to help keep you safe.

 

Don’t let thieves win by not following simple tasks to keep your personal information safe. Instead, be aware that identity theft is a major problem, and don’t let it happen to you!

 

Works Cited:

 

"Consumer Information." Identity Theft Protection Services | Consumer Information. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 May 2017.

 

J. Craig Anderson, The Arizona Republic. "Identity Theft Growing, Costly to Victims." USA Today. Gannett Satellite Information Network, 14 Apr. 2013. Web. 24 May 2017.

 

"The President Announces New Actions to Protect Americans' Privacy and Identity." National Archives and Records Administration. National Archives and Records Administration, n.d. Web. 24 May 2017.

 

"The Top 12 Surefire Ways to Prevent Identity Theft And Stop Those Greasy, 1-Arm Bandit Thieves From Stealing Your Beloved Identity..." 12 Ways To Avoid Identity Theft. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 May 2017.

 

 

 


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