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How can one take preventive measures against synthetic identity theft?

How can one take preventive measures against synthetic identity theft?

Submitted by Sophiaa on Tue, 12/20/2016 - 22:51

Has anyone heard about synthetic identity theft? Ca it really happen? How preventive measures can be taken?

Of course, synthetic identity theft is pretty much real! Basically, it's a type of identity fraud that happens while identity thieves use your true Social Security numbers and pair them with false information. It's a very expert-level crime and often done by the expert identity thieves.

There are few steps to prevent this crime. First, you need to keep track of your SSN (Social Security Number). Kids are often the easy victims of this crime, in fact, more than 1 in 10 kids are expected to become the prey before growing up. So, keep your child’s identity safe as much as possible.

Apart from that, you can place a 90-day fraud alert on your credit report for added protection.

Submitted by tiarajoseph11 on Wed, 12/21/2016 - 05:59


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Discard the papers you receive in the mailbox after thoroughly checking. Shred them or burn them properly to avoid being read by others. SSN plays a crucial role in the synthetic identity theft, especially those of children. So, keep SSN in a secure place along with other personal information.

Also, avoid unsolicited calls and Emails. Some apps give fraud notifications to the user. You’ll get prompt notifications as soon as a suspicious activity shows up. You will find many apps online.

Submitted by Sanders Patricia on Thu, 12/22/2016 - 04:47

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