Identity thieves are upping their game. In their relentless pursuit of your personal identifying information (PII) they are constantly evolving in their technology and their techniques to stay one step ahead of you. In past blog posts we have hammered on the steps you need to take to fortify your defenses against identity theft. It is up to you to take every precaution you possibly can, but even that may not be enough. You also need to stay abreast of how they are changing their game. These are a few of the methods law agencies are reporting as increasing in use.
There’s no denying that Americans are in love with their credit cards; but increasingly, the romance is rocked by the actions of unsavory characters seeking to come between them. More specifically, they’re seeking to steal your credit card information and they are relentless in pursuing any and all technological means to get it. They will go after the big, “secure” data bases of our banks and credit card processers, and they will go inside your computer where they can watch every keystroke you make. Short of never using your credit card again, you are the last line of defense in preventing an outright assault that could rob you of your identity and your money. You need to know what to do if your credit card has been compromised.
It’s something most Americans don’t think about until it hits the headlines, such as last year when major retailer, Target, revealed that its data base of shopper credit and debit card numbers had been breached. Yet, nearly 15 percent of the population - more than 34 million adults - has reported some form of identity theft, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center. In the first half of 2014 alone, more than 10 million people have experienced identity theft. That makes the odds pretty good that it could happen to you at some point.