What are you posting that can lead to identity theft online

Would you post travel plans, photos of yourself in compromising positions or rants about your boss or company?  I would hope you wouldn't and would hope that everyone knows there are serious consequences to those types of posts.  Why then do we tend to share other important information without considering consequences?  

Below are some of the ways people tend to overshare online.  If we stop doing these things, we will be better protected offline.

1. DO NOT USE GEOLOCATION TAGS

Social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) allow users to reveal their locations.  Sometimes those locations are as specific as your exact address.  Having your home address out there on the worldwide wide is not only a safety issue but could cause problems with your identity.  Financial companies usually use your address to confirm your identity when calling their office on a problem.  Your address (which you posted on the social media pages) could be all that stands between someone getting your financial information from companies thinking they are speaking with you.

2. DO NOT ALLOW STRANGERS INTO YOUR HOME

Again, not only does this pose a safety issue but allowing strangers into your home gives them access to your stuff.  Mail, important documents, even prescriptions are all items that should be guarded.

3. DO NOT POST A PICTURE OF FINANCIAL DATA OR PERSONAL INFORMATION

Did you just pay off a credit card? Did your child just get their license?  Life changes are exciting but should not be celebrated with pictures online.  Your name, address, account number and sometimes social security number are exactly what some people are looking to gain and posting these pictures is inviting trouble.  

4. DO NOT "CHECK IN" 

"Checking in" on Facebook or Foursquares lets a person know where you are, where you've been, and where you are going.  To thieves, this could be just the opportunity needed to get into your home and get other personal information.

If you're worried about identity theft, start monitoring your accounts for suspicious activity and pull your credit reports.  Annualcreditreport.com allows you to pull your credit report from the 3 main reporting agencies for free once per year.  We can also pull it for free when you come in for your FREE consultaion.  

 

Angie Seymour
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Bankruptcy Attorney Serving Augusta, GA
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