Identity Theft: 10 Ways To Avoid IDT
What is Identity Theft?
There are many different types of identity theft, or IDT, unfortunately, the average person can be affected by IDT. These include driver’s license, mail, debit card, online shopping, social, child, and senior theft. The most common case of Identity theft begins when someone takes your personally identifiable information. Identity theft has become a crime of epidemic proportions. Over the last five years, this crime has impacted a total of over 27 million Americans. Last year alone, identity theft affected an estimated 10 million Americans resulting in losses of over $53 billion.
The statistics below are gathered from around the web to provide a big-picture look at ID theft in the U.S. today. According to 2018 Identity Fraud: Fraud Enters a New Era of Complexity from Javelin Strategy & Research,
- In 2017, there were 16.7 million victims of identity fraud, a record high that followed a previous record the year before.
- 7.5% of all U.S. households have experienced some form of ID theft
- There are 12,157,400 victims of theft each year. On average, 34.2 million people over the age of 16 have experienced some type of fraud in the past.
How can I Protect my Identity with American Identity Group?
At American Identity Group, we protect you and your family from identity theft with industry-leading monitoring and recovery services. American Identity Group cares about you and your family’s safety. Our team is dedicated to keeping your identity secure.
Criminals Steal 10 Identities Every Single Second.
Well, here is the obvious – Identity theft is a huge problem we are facing in the financial world. Unfortunately, technology advancements make finances more convenient and easily accessible, it also makes it easier for ID thieves to steal your personal information. It’s up to the consumer to protect themselves from theft.
With that information on hand, how do you protect yourself and prevent Identity theft?
Don’t wait until something bad happens to get covered PROTECT Your IDENTITY!
10 Ways To Avoid Identity Theft:
- Always keep your Social Security Card secure:
- Avoid carrying your Social Security Card
- Only give your Social Security number when necessary
- Example: When filling out forms for the IRS or any Government agency, you have to put down your social security number. Some government forms require your original Social Security Card or a copy of the Social Security Card.
- Be wary of unsolicited requests for personal information:
- Don’t respond to any unrequested forms that ask for your name, birthdate, Social Security number, or bank account number. These requests can happen by phone, mail, email or even online.
- Order your FREE credit report:
- Monitor your financial records and online banking statements:
- If your bank allows you to view your accounts online, sign up. Check your account periodically and enable notifications.
- Keep your login information safe by not writing it down or telling it to anyone.
- Collect your mail immediately:
- If you are going away for several days, request a hold on your mail. ID thefts can target and access your mailbox just as easily as your online personal information.
- Keep track of billing cycles:
- If bills or financial statements are late or you haven’t received any bill at all, contact the sender.
- Enable the security features on all devices:
- On all your devices, especially your mobile device, enable all available security features. This will make it harder for someone to access your device, and your information, if it is ever stolen.
- Avoid unsecured, public Wi-Fi
- Check credit card and bank account statements
- Compare receipts with account statements.
- Watch for any unauthorized transactions.
- Once finished, shred receipts, credit offers, credit card offers, expired credit cards, and account statements.
- Create complex passwords that identity thieves cannot guess easily
- Do not write your passwords on paper, as this can be easily misplaced.
How Does American Identity Group Protect Your Identity?
American Identity Group’s Early Warning System is a proprietary early detection and warning system. It scans through hundreds of data sources at various daily, weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly intervals in search of any suspicious activity or changes. American Identity Group will immediately alert you to any potential identity theft in progress and quickly work to restore your identity.
How It Works
- We Monitor Your Identity
Our Early Warning System constantly monitors your identity in thousands of public and private data sources, converting billions of records 24/7 to protect you.
- We Alert You to Threats
We contact you via text, email, or phone about any suspicious activity or potential identity threat in seconds.
- We Restore your Identity
We’ll match you with a personal U.S. based recovery advocate who will work quickly and efficiently to restore your identity.
- Our Insurance Protects You
We will reimburse any and all funds stolen during the identity theft according to the limit of your AIG plan.
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Are You at Risk of Identity Theft?
1 in 4 people has experienced identity theft. If this happens, American Identity Group is here to help. Let our team give you peace of mind and protection.
If you have questions or need help monitoring your credit to avoid identity theft, call us at 855-200-6788.