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 Post subject: 17 Prevention Tips - Minimize Your Exposure To Identity Thef
PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2005 9:22 pm 

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You can never be completely safeguarded from Identity Theft. You should, however, minimize your exposure to it.

Follow these simple steps and protect yourself and your family.

1. Carry only the identification information and the number of credit and debit cards that you'll actually need.

2. Keep your personal information in your home secure, especially if you have roommates, employ outside help or are having service work done in your home.

3. Guard your Social Security number. It can be used to open new accounts, credit cards, or even get a job in your name.

4. Cancel unused credit card accounts.

5. Do not carry your SSN card; leave it in a secure place.

6. Ask about information security procedures in your workplace or at businesses, doctor's offices or other institutions that collect personally identifying information from you.

7. Order your credit report and monitor it often.

8. Remove your name from the marketing lists of the three credit bureaus to reduce the number of pre-approved credit offers you receive.

9. Buy a crosscut shredder. Shred all old bank and credit statements and credit card offers before throwing them in the trash.

10. Make copies of the contents of your wallet - in case your wallet or purse is stolen.

11. Do not leave mail with personal information in your mailbox.

12. Never give your credit card number, social security number, or other personal information over the phone unless you trust that individual and/or business.

13. Protect your personal information on your computer by installing a firewall and updating your virus protection.

14. Do not print your Social Security or Driver's License number on your checks.

15. Carefully examine the charges on your credit card and bank statements.

16. Subscribe to an identity theft prevention service that will notify you whenever someone tries to assume your identity.

17. Place passwords on your credit card, bank, and phone accounts.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2005 12:51 pm 

Joined: Fri Nov 28, 2003 7:21 pm
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New Information you may want to add to your list here: When traveling and assigned a magnetic hotel key card- Stand and make the clerk erase it on check out never ever leave it in a hotel room or just on the counter.

Credit-card-type room key

Don't know if this is true or not, but it's worth looking into.
Remember this for the future:

You know how when you check out of a hotel that
uses the credit-card-type room key, the clerk often
will ask if you have your key(s) to turn in...or there
is a box or slot on the Recept ion counter in which to
put them?
It's good for the hotel because they save money by
re-using those cards.

But, it's not good for you, as revealed below.

From the Colorado Bureau of Investigation:

"Southern California law enforcement professionals
assigned to detect new threats to personal security
issues, recently discovered what type of information
is embedded in the credit card type hotel room keys
used throughout the industry.

Although room keys differ from hotel to hotel, a
key obtained from the "Double Tree" chain that was
being used for a regional Identity Theft Presentation
was found to contain the following the information:

a.. Customers (your) name
b.. Customers partial home address
c.. Hotel room number
d.. Check in date and check out date
e.. Customer's (your) credit card number and
expiration date!

When you turn them in to the front desk your
personal information is there for any employee to
access by simply scanning the card in the hotel
An employee can take a hand full of cards
home and using a scanning device, access the information
onto a laptop computer and go shopping at your expense.

Simply put, hotels do not erase the information on
these cards until an employee re-issues the card to
the next hotel guest.
At that time, the new guest's information is electronically
"overwritten" on the card and the previous guest's information
is erased in the overwriting process.
But until the card is rewritten for the next guest, it usually is
kept in a drawer at the front desk with YOUR INFORMATION
ON IT!!!!

The bottom line is: Keep the cards, take them home
with you, or destroy them.
NEVER leave them behind in the room or room wastebasket,
and NEVER turn them in to the front desk when you check
out of a room.
They will not charge you for the card (it's illegal)
you'll be sure you are not leaving a lot of valuable
personal information on it that could be easily lifted
off with any simple scanning device card reader.
For the same reason, if you arrive at the airport and
discover you still have the card key in your pocket,
do not toss it in an airport trash basket.
Take it home and destroy it by cutting it up, especially
through the electronic information strip!

Information courtesy of:
Sergeant K. Jorge,
Detective Sergeant,
Pasadena Police Department

Silence is a thief's best friend, Word-of-mouth is his worst enemy. Pass the word! brought to you by where victims always get FREE help.

 Post subject: Re: 17 Prevention Tips - Minimize Your Exposure To Identity
PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2011 7:00 am 

Joined: Mon Jun 06, 2011 6:35 am
Posts: 4
Location: Horley, England
Jose, you are my new hero, I've been saying for years to get a cross-cut shredder, one for a few pounds/dollars/euros from the local asda/walmart usually won't do the job.

UK users can check out if they'd like a bit more info on the different shred types.

Chris Avery

 Post subject: Re: 17 Prevention Tips - Minimize Your Exposure To Identity
PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2012 11:24 pm 

Joined: Mon Nov 05, 2012 9:24 pm
Posts: 1
I agree with your point of view about identity theft every credit card holder needs to take care and avoid the financial loss associated with credit card fraud theft like:-
1. Most of the wallets are designed with specific holders to place the plastic cards and find the cards in a convenient manner.
2. credit card number and three digits security code can be used for making online transactions, you can use credit card protection masks.
3. The credit card masks are designed specifically to hide the important information printed on the back and front side of the cards.
4. you must hide the key information before shredding these bills and receipts.
5. you have to check the credibility of the website, while making payment for the items purchased from an online store. can avoid sharing any information that can adversely affect the measures already implemented for the protection credit card.

Recently, I have got one website <> it is related to Credit Card Theft Prevention confidential information about your identity and credit card.

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