Identity theft happens more times than you may realize and could happen to those you least suspect, including yourself! It is therefore important for each person to take the proper measures to protect themselves against identity theft, but what are the main ways you can protect yourself? The main and most important form of protection, of course, is prevention. The best way to protect yourself by prevention is to be very careful what you say to those you do not know over the phone and on-line. But, how do you know who really needs the information and who does not?
If someone contacts you and tells you some story that would cause you to think they would need some personal information from you in order to remedy the situation, or to verify something, that is a red flag! Chances are high they are trying to scam you. Do not give them any personal information! Even if they seem to know a lot about your particular circumstance, do not give them the last of your personal information they would need in order to scam you!
If, however, you contact someone else needing a service done, then they may ask you some personal information so they can find you in their system to better serve you. If the personal information does not seem necessary for them to be able to help you, however, it never hurts to ask why they would need that information. If they contact you, however, they will already have all your information up that they would need so they will not need to ask you for any personal information all over again. If you feel like they would need some information, call them back at the number you trust (not from the number they called you from), and ask to speak to another representative.
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