3 Things an Identity Thief Needs to become You

To make you a victim of Identity Theft the thief only needs:

  • Your Name
  • Your Birthday
  • Your Social Security Number

Name

Ok, it may be impossible to hide your name. It would be helpful if you only used a nick name on social media sites rather than your legal name. You could also avoid sharing your middle name or initial.

Birthday

Do not put your real birthday in your social media profile; not even just the Month and Day. It is not difficult to calculate the year from when you graduated from high school or college. Not real difficult to know your birthday if you post pictures of your 21st birthday or 30th, 40th…

Did you know before July 2011 Social Security numbers were generated based on where you lived and what your birth date is? Only the last 4 digits were random. What 4 numbers are the only ones printed on many forms? hummm…

Social Security number

Avoid giving out your or your family’s SSN. Ask, “Why do you need the SSN?”

Make it as hard as possible for a thief to become the real you.

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About Bruce Demarest

Bruce Demarest is a Identity Theft Protection Specialist. He has designed and taught classes to educate individuals and businesses in identity theft risk management. The individuals have learned how to continuously monitor their financial identities from credit fraud, plus how to monitor their personal identifying information for unauthorized use. His business clients have become compliant with the federal & state privacy laws. He has conducted information security audits to identify their potential problems and has designed security policies, programs, and practices to address those problem areas.
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