September 16, 2003

Smart Identity Theft Countermeasures

There's been an e-mail going 'round the Net for some time purporting to be from a corporate attorney who experienced the horrors of identity theft.

If you haven't read it yet, you should. Even if you have, it's a good reminder. To help prevent identity theft, s/he lists a number of smart things to do in advance as well as common traps to avoid. There's also good advice on immediate steps to take after losing a wallet or purse, to protect yourself as much as possible.

Yes, I suppose this classifies as spam as I came across it in my inbox. However, the tips just make good sense and so I decided to track down a cleanly-formatted copy on the web to share. Just goes to show that not all spam is bad (just 99.9999999999%). It's easy to think, "this happens to other people", until it strikes too close to home. You may want to verify the credit bureau numbers, just to be safe.

Also, Sabrina Pacifici has a great cumulative list of posts on ID Theft topics at her blawg, beSpacific.

Topic(s):   Privacy & Security
Posted by Jeff Beard