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Identity Theft

More from National Protect Your Identity Week

Are you doing all you can to keep your identity safe and snug with you, instead of out gallivanting with someone else? This week, I’ve encouraged you to use a locked mailbox, shred your documents, cut off junk mail at the source and clean out your wallet – but what else can you do? First, […]

Clean Out Your Wallet [National Protect Your Identity Week]

If you have a “Costanza Wallet,” you know you need to clean that thing out! But even if you’ve just got a normal amount of stuff in your wallet, you’re probably carrying too much stuff in there. If you lose your wallet or it gets pick-pocketed, how much of your indentifying information is at risk? […]

Put a Stop to Junk Mail [National Protect Your Identity Week]

Do you know what identity thieves love? A paper trail! Honestly, it’s easier to steal something out of your mailbox or your trash than it is to steal your information online. In fact, in most places, only the former one is illegal! Now I’m sure you’re locking your mailbox and shredding your junk mail, but […]

Get a Cross-Cut Paper Shredder [National Protect Your Identity Week]

I don’t need to tell you that you should be shredding all of the junk mail credit card applications and everything else that has personal info on it before you throw it out. You already know it! But hey, not everyone does something just because they know they should. So, if you’re not shredding your […]

Protect Your Mail [National Protect Your Identity Week]

If your mailbox looks like this: Instead of looking like this: Then go find one of these when you want to send mail out: All manatee and R2D2 mailboxes aside, I’m not joking. Do you know what thieves call those red flags like the one on the manatee mailbox? They call those “Steal Me flags.” […]

National Protect Your Identity Week

There are so many great holidays approaching: my second-favorite, Halloween, is right around the corner, followed one month later by my very favorite, Turkey-Coma-Day! We’re preparing to mask our identities by dressing as ghosts, ghouls, and slutty versions of beloved childhood characters, but we need to remember how important it is to protect our true […]

Tips and Tricks to Get Your Identity Stolen!

So, you’ve been keeping up on Identity Theft Week here at PTY and all you can think to yourself is “Wow! This is awesome! I wish someone would come along and steal my identity, so that I, too, can join the throng of victims!” I understand. Having your identity stolen is the “new black.” So […]

High Schoolers: Beware of Identity Theft

A friend of mine that has the glorious privilege to still be in high school came to me with a question the other day. She received a letter from Certegy, telling her that one of her bank accounts was involved in the massive records scandal. In other words, all of her account information had been […]

Jury Duty and Other Identity Theft Scams

The following chain-email happened into my inbox the other day: Most of us take the summons for jury duty seriously, but enough people skip out on their civic duty, that a new and ominous kind of scam has surfaced. Fall for it and your identity could be stolen, reports CBS. In this con, someone calls […]

Identity Theft Week: Pre-Game

Get ready everyone, because for the next week, we’re going to talk about nothing but identity theft here on PTY. Why? Honestly, because I have a bunch of posts pent up about identity theft. But more importantly, because it’s about the scariest thing that can happen to you financially. It’s one thing to dig yourself […]