Veteran Connection: Identity Theft

Veteran Connection: Identity Theft

Originally posted on VAntage Point, the official blog of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, this latest post lays out some of the best strategies for protecting yourself from ID theft.

“Identity thieves have developed innovative techniques to gain access to your personal information, including that of many Veterans. Some common ways to commit identity theft or fraud are:

  • Shoulder Surfing: stealing your information in public places while you make a purchase and provide your credit card over the phone or share your information with a sales associate in a store;
  • Business Record Theft: stealing information from businesses where your personal information is stored (i.e., an employer, a medical provider’s office, etc.);
  • Dumpster Diving: rummaging through trash or landfills to locate confidential information or discarded bank statements;
  • Skimming: electronically recording credit card account numbers or account information as your credit card is processed, during or immediately following a transaction that you authorized; and
  • Phishing: posting websites that pose as legitimate businesses or official entities, promising recipients benefits while requiring – then stealing – their identifying data.”

What does the U.S. Department of Justice recommend for combating this? Find out by reading the rest of the article at VAntage Point.

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