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The Telephone - How It Is Used For Identity Theft
You might have heard news stories about how a computer was stolen, which contained names, social security numbers and other sensitive data of hundreds, if not thousands of people. This is a big concern because of the potential damage identity thieves could do with this information.
But, I want to let you know one of the common ways identity thieves get your information. It is over the telephone, and you do not even know it because you actually give the information away.
Common Mistake #2: Giving sensitive information over the telephone.
Here are three common ploys identity thieves use to get your information over the telephone:
1. They tell you that you have won a lottery (usually in a different country). They have already obtained some of your personal information (from the telephone book or other places) and they seem legitimate because they know something about you. The catch is - they want you to send them the tax portion of your winnings to them so they can "release" your winnings. They might even tell you they will send you a small amount of the winnings via check to show good faith.
This is a scam!! Do not give any additional information over the telephone. If they do send a check, Online reverse phone lookup it is a counterfeit check.
2. They act as your credit card security unit and report some suspicious transactions on your account. They really seem legitimate because they provide you with your credit card number. During the conversation, they ask for you to verify the credit card by you giving them the 3-digit code on the back of the credit card.
The problem is, the identity thief has already obtained your credit card number by another method and they want the additional information on the back of the card to make it more useful. Some merchants ask for this number for telephone transactions, so this information can be gold to the identity thief.
So now you ask, "If some merchants ask for this 3-digit number, won`t I have to give this information over the telephone?" Answer, yes. But remember, only give this information if you initiated the call to the merchant. If the identity thief is making the phone call, you do not know who they are. Legitimate credit card companies may call you with suspicious credit cards transactions, but they will never ask for your information over the Reverse Phone Lookups.
3. The identity drives by your house in the early morning and notices what newspaper you have delivered. They then call you later in the day posing as the newspaper company and pretend to give you the best deal of the century to have subscription extended. They obtained your personal information from the telephone book or on the Internet (which is not too difficult), so they sound real.
If this occurs, just ask the person for their name and telephone number. You can then verify the telephone number by looking up the newspapers telephone number in the Online reverse phone lookup book and then call them back.
They key to avoiding becoming a victim to these scams is - do not give information over the telephone to someone you do not know, Online reverse phone lookup especially if they called you.
If you do not want to get calls from telemarketers, one way of minimizing those calls is to sign up for the National Do Not Call Registry. It is free and painless. Just call 1-888-382-1222. Note: You must call from the phone number you wish to register.
In future articles, we will cover topics like...
Other Common Mistakes like, (1) how the telephone is used for Identity Theft...and how to avoid those pesky telemarketers, (2) simple steps to decrease your exposure of Identity Theft, (3) how your information is stolen, and much more!!
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