Identity fraud had a banner year in 2017, ensnaring an all-time high of 16.7 million U.S. victims and financial losses topping $16.8 billion. Also highlighted: the ways in which this new breed of identity thief operates.
December was chosen to shine a light on identity theft because it’s prime time for thieves to do their “shopping”, too. Here are some tips to help you fight ID theft year-round.
If your head is spinning trying to discern the differences between a fraud alert, security freeze/credit freeze, a credit lock – you are not alone.
Hackers used the Equifax breach to gain a treasure trove of personal information in order to assume the identities of 143 million Americans. Credit and identity monitoring is the best frontline defense in the battle against ID thieves.