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Social Media & Identity Theft - Connection?

Consciously or unconsciously, you provide personal details on social media you probably wouldn’t share elsewhere – your middle name, where you live (with pictures of your home), your friends and their names, your hobbies and other interests, your birthday, etc. If your information isn’t private, criminals can use it to commit fraud. So, be cautious in what you post or tweet – use privacy settings where applicable.

Be careful with third-party applications. Most of these apps will ask for your permission to access your location and other information prior to installation. Be familiar with the app and only allow this information if necessary. Criminals can be on the other end of the app so be sure it’s legitimate.

It’s fun to keep your friends updated on where you are and what you’re doing, but it keeps thieves updated as well. Burglars can “case” your site and see when it’s convenient to steal items and personal information from your home while you’re away.

How do you protect yourself?

Follow these simple tips:

  • Think twice about what you’re posting and who can read it.
  • Try to avoid giving your Social Security number or other personal identifying information to a third-party application.
  • Consider changing some of your personal information on your social media sites so thieves won’t have your actual information.
  • Only accept or invite people you know into your social media sites.

 

Review your accounts regularly. This way, you’ll know if something’s off. Also try to review your credit report at least once a year – you can get a free credit report by visiting annualcreditreport.com.

If you feel you’ve been a victim of identity theft or fraud in any way, please contact us immediately at (478) 272-5202. We’re here to help.

Information is for informational purposes only and is not intended to provide legal or financial advice.

Sources:

  • http://www.lifehack.org/articles/technology/identity-theft-through-social-networking-lessons-take-now.html