Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Protect Yourself

These days, it seems that identity theft is all too common. Part of being responsible with credit cards is being aware of where they are at all times and being aware of where we are using them.

In some cases, unfortunately, identities and credit card information can be stolen, even if we have done everything possible to be protected. Such is the case with a Florida man who was just indicted (for the third time) for allegedly stealing data from over 130 million credit and debit cards. He has hacked into computer networks of stores and restaurants, such as T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, Barnes and Noble, 7-Eleven, and Dave and Buster's, among others.

It is highly advisable to check your accounts regularly, like once per week, to make sure that no illegal activities have occurred. If something unethical has happened, contact your credit cards immediately, put a freeze on your credit reports, and contact the authorities immediately.

We have to be proactive in ALL ways when it comes to our credit...and our identity.

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