Lifelock Discount: 5 Ways to Protect Your Identity





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Uploaded on Jul 25, 2010

(After Being Pickpocketed)


Been pickpocketed?
Here's what to do to reduce your risk of Identity Theft 1. Financial Accounts: Close credit card and bank accounts immediately. Upon opening new accounts, place passwords on them. Avoid using a mother's maiden name, a birth date, the last four digits of a Social Security number, a phone number or a series of consecutive numbers when creating passwords.
2. Social Security number: Call the toll-free fraud number of any of the three nationwide consumer credit-reporting companies (Experian, Equifax, Transunion) and place an initial fraud alert on credit reports. A fraud alert can help stop someone from opening new credit accounts in a victim's name.
3. Driver's License/Government-Issue ID: Contact the agency that issued the license or other identification document. Follow its procedures to cancel the document and to get a replacement. Ask the agency to flag the file so that no one else can obtain a license or other identification document in that name.
4. Monitor for Signs that Information is Being Misused: Order copies of credit reports and review them for inquiries from unfamiliar companies and accounts. Check that information such as the Social Security number; addresses, name, initials and employers are correct. Continue to check the reports periodically, especially for the first year after the theft occurs to make sure new activity has not been logged.
5. Report Fraudulent Activity Immediately: For steps to reporting unauthorized activity related to identity theft, visit: consumer.gov/idtheft/con_resolv.htm#bank.

Even if you do all these steps, you can become a victim.

We recommend instead getting a discount on Lifelock's services.

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