How to Stop Identity Theft is Part 2 of The Identity Theft Prevention Series. Go to the end of the article for the rest of the series.
Identity theft is something you probably hope to never endure.
No one wants to become the victim of this criminal act. However, you should know some of these steps so you can quickly respond if your sensitive information has been compromised.
Take all personal information (credit cards, driver's license, etc.) and place them in a photocopy machine. Make copies of both sides of each item.
Now, you have a record of what is in your wallet. If your information is ever lost or stolen, you have all the information you need to minimize the damage.
This gives you access to the toll free numbers for your credit cards and charge accounts. This will make the process simple when you need to cancel your accounts quickly.
When traveling here or abroad, make a photocopy of your passport.
Keep these copy records in a safe location.
Time is of the essence when this crime is committed. The faster you can close the channels of opportunity, the faster you can gain control and limit your exposure.
How to Stop Identity Theft is not as important as learning the ways to prevent identity theft. Put your defense up first. Sometimes people learn that they are a victim when it is too late.
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