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Common ways identity thieves obtain information

Posted on Tuesday, September 24th, 2013 at 7:28 pm    

There are, unfortunately, many outlets for identity thieves to gain credit card information, telephone numbers, or even social security numbers from victims.

According to the United States Department of Justice, one of the most common is through the internet. Often, these people will send out emails promising benefit if they receive your banking information. Scams like these may give thieves information they need to make fraudulent bank account withdrawals.

Another tactic used by those looking to steal identity is the “shoulder surfing” method. This is when someone looks over a victim’s shoulder as they are withdrawing money from the ATM, or listening in as the victim gives their information to their bank over the phone.

If you or a loved one have suffered losses from identity theft, the Russell Van Beustring P.C. may be able to stop the damage and help you recover from this financial issue. Please call 713-973-6650 to speak with a qualified attorney today.

Study shows college-aged adults most prone to identity theft

Posted on Friday, September 6th, 2013 at 12:53 pm    

According to the Consumer Sentinel Network Database, college-aged adults are most prone to becoming the victims of identity theft. One reason is linked to the fact that college-aged adults are very active online, making them inevitably more vulnerable. Also, people in their 20’s are usually targeted because they have good credit scores and a clean record.

According to the Federal Trade Commission, Texas ranked fifth in the nation for reported cases of identity theft last year.

One way to protect yourself when online is to only enter information on sites that have an “https://” address. The “s” stands for “secure” so you can better ensure your information won’t be leaked.

Identity theft can be devastating for an individual. If you or someone you know has been the victim of identity theft, our lawyers at the Russell Van Beustring P.C. want to help you. Call us at 713-973-6650 to discuss your options.

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