We have been posting warnings and stories about the numbers and just how rampant this problem really is on our social pages for over a year now. Just review our March, February, January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May and April posts to find numerous articles that deal with issues concerning Identity Theft. And do not think someone has to steal your wallet or hack your computer. Are you on any social media sites? Do you have children? Didn’t you give out your information to every doctor, hospital and job application you have ever worked with? Do you conduct financial transactions from your smart phone? If you said yes to even one of those questions then you are open for Identity Theft. All those articles tell you just how easy it is and it’s growing by leaps and bounds. A criminal can get rich and never point a gun at anyone or worry about someone pointing one at them during the getaway.
This article by Adam Levine sums up why Consumer Reports January Report contains some truth, but the message they seem to be sending could adversely affect the consumers’ perception about this crime. There are plenty of companies that offer you protection and aggressively campaign to sign you up and charge monthly fees. But way too often the steps you can take yourself, for free, are never taken. Read what you should be doing here. And yes, please check to see what is in your wallet.