Identity Theft

by KidsSafe on August 28, 2012

Identity theft is one of the biggest, most used scams in the world today. This type of theft is when a person takes the identity of someone else and uses it for their own gain. An example of this is when a thief takes personal information such as credit card numbers and uses that person money without them knowing. Every single year, almost 15 million people are targeted by identity thieves. Having your identity taken from you can be a scary thing to have to go through and so one should do everything possible to avoid this type of thief. In today’s every growing online society, most identity theft happens online.


One of the newest ways that the identity thieves are targeting their victim is by using social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. On these sites, people, wrongly, feel safe and secure and most of the time they will give out information on their profile page that the identity thief can use to steal their identification. Make sure that when you are setting up your profile that you never, ever give unneeded information such as your credit card number, social security number and other things of this nature. When you wish to purchase something online, make sure that the website is a trusted one and do your own quick Google search to find out if that website is legitimate or not.


Some Tips:

1. Check Credit Reports. Are there any accounts that belong to someone else? Check for variations in the spelling of your name, address, and/or SSN.

2. Monitor Your SSN. A good Identity Monitoring service does what credit monitoring does not. Professional identity monitoring services scour the web, the black market, public records, SSN, the markets in which cybercriminals do business.

3. Monitor Your Mailbox. Not moving, Wonder why you got a change of address notice? Getting mail with variations in the spelling of your name?




Try to be safe and never engage with people you don’t know online. If they ask you any suspicious questions then you should leave the conversation and don’t reply to them again. Often times these scams look very real and the identity thief will say anything to try and get your information. Keep your online presence as safe as possible as you never know who is attempting to steal your identity.

Learn About The Top 13 Issues. To Be Better Internet Parents…

1. CyberBullying and/or BullyCide  Click Here
2. Human Trafficking and/or Modern Day Slavery  Click Here
3. SEXting  Click Here
4. Pornography  Click Here
5. Predators and Pedophiles  Click Here
6. The Choking Game  Click Here
7. Internet At Risk Behavior  Click Here
8. Social (Facebook / MySpace / Twitter) Networks  Click Here
9. Dangerous Drugs  Click Here
10. Malware  Click Here
11. Identity Theft  Click Here
12. Identity Monitoring  Click Here
13. Getting HACKED  Click Here

We will be covering all 13 of these topics and online security issues over the next few weeks!!

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