After identity theft, beware the hard sell

CNN Money Magazine explains that “if your wallet gets stolen or you’ve been caught up in a data breach — as in April, when hackers grabbed 1.5 million credit card numbers — you can protect against identity theft by contacting one of the big three credit bureaus, which are required by law to place a fraud alert on your report.

When identity theft is just a possibility, place a fraud alert. If you’re a victim, consider freezing your credit.

But dealing with the credit bureaus isn’t easy. A recent Federal Trade Commission report found major complaints about Equifax, Experian and TransUnion included long waits to reach live help, failure to send required free credit reports, and unwelcome sales pitches for monitoring services.”

So what can you do?

Find out if you’re at risk and ways you can protect yourself from hackers:

http://money.cnn.com/2012/05/22/pf/identity-theft.moneymag/index.htm?iid=HP_LN

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One Response to After identity theft, beware the hard sell

  1. OneDrfuLife says:

    I’ve recently been a victim of major identity fraud. My purse was stolen, but in addition to the credit card theft, I’ve now found that the thieves are attempting to forward my address. Once they’ve got access to your personal information, they can do anything you can do, only they are doing it for themselves. There are many other things I’ve learned recently. You can read my story here:
    http://onedrfulife.wordpress.com/2012/05/29/5-things-they-dont-tell-you-about-identity-theft/

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