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NBC News: Consumers Can Be Their Own ID Theft Detectives

Wednesday, 22 Jan 2014 12:01 PM

Data breaches are now commonplace, and the problem may get worse as hackers up their game. NBC News compiled a list of warning signs consumers should be alert to that could mean thieves have stolen their identity.

NBC estimated almost 1 billion records have been compromised in the past decade.

“It’s not a matter of will they get in; it’s what happens to your data once they get in,” said Theresa Payton, CEO of digital security firm Fortalice.

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Another security expert, Robert Siciliano of BestIDTheftCompanys.com, said everyone in the United States should assume their personal information has already been compromised.

NBC advised Americans should be on the lookout for the following:
  • Charges for goods and services that you did not buy appearing on your credit card or debt statements.
  • Bills that show up for a credit card account you did not open; it may mean a crook has opened a card in your name.
  • Cards arriving in the mail that you did not apply for. If may mean an ID thief is using your personal data to buy things.
  • Collection notices or calls for a charge you did not make.
  • Errors or other misinformation on your credit report.
  • Your application for credit is denied, even though you know you have good credit. It’s possible an identity crook has affected your credit with purchase activity in your name.
  • Missing mail or bills. Perhaps an ID theft managed to get a change of address form for you approved, and wants to keep you from figuring out he’s absconded with your credit or debit cards information for as long as possible.
NBC advised consumers should use annualcreditreport.com, a free resource authorized by the federal government that allows Americans to check their credit scores once per year for free with reports by TransUnion, Experian and Equifax.

CNN Money reported that about 70 million people got an email from Target last week notifying them of the retailer’s recent huge data breach.

While that’s commendable, CNN also reported that scammers were at work at the same time, sending out bogus similar emails, also supposedly from Target, in an attempt to rob consumers of personal data.

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