Identity theft is the number one consumer complaint. And it’s no surprise — your information is everywhere. You may take good care to protect your personal information, but what about everyone else who has it? The doctor’s office, work, school and everywhere you shop. There are pieces of your identity everywhere.
But what can you do? Your personal information is already out there. The material and tools in LifeLock’s Identity Theft 101 suite will show you the steps you can take to limit your risk and help better protect your identity. We’ve put together a comprehensive package of identity theft information including articles, news updates and detailed descriptions on how identity thieves attack. Education is strength, so take some time and click around. Your identity deserves it.
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Phishing is one way identity thieves steal your information by pretending to be a company, organization, or entity that you know and trust. Is that really an email from your bank, or is it from an identity thief attempting to get your account number and PIN? Learn about this and other types of electronic communication.
- How to Avoid Identity Theft at Wi-Fi Hotspots
- Top 10 Tips for Safe Online Shopping
- How to Pick a Secure Password
- Phishing With Bait
- Danger of Malware
- Scam E-Mail ID Theft
Identity theft is a crime that can be perpetrated using low-tech methods such as dumpster diving or much more tech-savvy means including phishing e-mails, skimming devices and malicious software known as malware. There were 12.6 million victims of identity fraud in the U.S. in 2012. Identity theft tops the list of consumer complaints that are reported to the Federal Trade Commission every year. Learn about different scams and types of fraud here.
- Tax Fraud
- Phone and Utilities Fraud
- Bank Fraud
- Employment Related Fraud
- Benefits Fraud
- Government Documents Fraud
More than half of U.S. adults actively use social sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Identity thieves are discovering the potential for financial gain by incorporating pieces of the everyday information users readily make available on these social networking sites.