Sunday, April 23

Privacy Rights

Every worry about identity theft?  Worry about young people and the dangers of the web? Mind if I read your private emails?  Or browse through your medical records? This section takes you into the scary world of privacy, fraud and identity theft.  FoolProof gives you the information you need when it comes to identity theft and privacy issues.   

Tips to Protect Your Personal and Financial Privacy

Your personal information, financial information, privacy, and online security is under attack on a daily basis by scams (emails, letters, phone calls), data breaches, social media scams, online & offline tracking, and many other threats. This means that you have to be vigilant and take ongoing steps to protect yourself and your information. The resources below will help you.

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Reduce Your Risk of Identity Theft

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How big a problem is identity theft? It's an epidemic. The Javelin Strategy and Research 2015 Identity Fraud Survey Report indicates there were 12.7 million adult victims in the U.S. in 2014 and that the total one year fraud amount was $16 billion.

Having one's personal identity stolen can be costly and frustrating. Taking steps to learn about the dangers of ID theft and to prevent becoming a victim makes smart sense. This brief report shares the basics of what you need to know and provides links to other excellent resources.

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Tips on What Not to Do with Your Social Security Number

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Protecting your social security number is very important. With only your name and social security number, an identity thief can impersonate you and apply for credit cards and loans, buy merchandise, lease an apartment or car. Here are some tips on how to keep your number safe.

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What Should I Do If My Wallet or Purse is Lost or Stolen?

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Just discovered that your wallet or purse is missing? Don't panic. Here are steps you can take to protect yourself from becoming an identity theft victim, adapted in part from the FTC article Getting Purse-onal.

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Financial Privacy Resources

protect-personal-info.jpg These articles from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) describe the consumer provisions in the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA). The GLBA applies to banks, savings and loans, credit unions, insurance companies and insurance firms. It also applies to retailers and automobile dealers that collect and share personal information about consumers to whom they extend or arrange credit.

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