Victims of identity theft in California can suffer long-lasting and financially-devastating consequences from the actions taken by thieves. And while there are strong actions that can be taken to minimize damages, the best protection is to prevent such incidents from occurring in the first place.
In order to help curb the increasing rate of identity theft across the country, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has offered the “three D’s” to best protect yourself against: deter, detect and defend.
Deter Identity Thieves
- Shred documents that contain financial or personal information.
- Don’t share personal information over the phone or Internet with an unfamiliar person.
- Do not use obvious passwords for sensitive websites.
Detect Suspicious Activity
- Inspect your credit report regularly throughout the year and get free reports from the three major credit bureaus.
- Watch out for purchases you did not make, missing mail or denials of credit that you did not apply for.
Defend Against a Theft Problem
- Close accounts that have been compromised by thieves.
- Put fraud alerts on credit reports.
- Report your fraud complaint to the FTC and file a police report for the crime.
Dedication to the Rights of I.D. Theft Victims
If you or a loved one is the victim of an identity thief, you need the best legal representation possible to put an end to your damages and restore your finances. Ventura I.D. theft victim lawyer Howard D. Silver has the skills and resources needed to aid you in your recovery. For more information on how we can assist, call (855) 341-2611.