Hewitt, TX (PressExposure) July 17, 2009 -- The ease of modern day communication has made it simpler than ever for identity thieves to gain access to personal and private data. Thankfully, there are things you can do to dramatically reduce the likelihood of becoming the next identity theft scam victim. The first step is to become educated on how identity thieves obtain personal information in the first place.
Pat Parker, Senior VP of Business Devt. and Training for Lionheart Assurance Solutions, LPÂ® says, âEvery day, technological advances make it easier for identity thieves to gain access to peopleâs private data. Unlike the old days when identity thieves had to spend hours retrieving oneâs identity by hacking into their personal computer with a complex code or virus, today they can grab anyoneâs identity with just a few mouse clicks through social media networks and other online sources.â
Protecting oneâs online identity has become a modern day necessity. According to an FTC report released in February of this year, the number of identity theft complaints in 2008 was 10 times the number received just 8 years earlier in 2000. Separately, the Javelin Strategy and Research Centerâs 2009 Identity Theft Study shows that âIdentity theft is on the rise, affecting almost 10 million victims in 2008 (a 22% increase from 2007).â Keep in mind, these numbers are based solely on reported incidents of identity theft, so the actual totals may be higher.
âOne of the biggest horrors of identity theft is the damage that can be done to your reputation with virtually every institution you attempt to do business with â potentially for the rest of your life. An ounce of prevention goes a long way in reducing your chances of becoming a victim â but with todayâs ever-advancing technology, itâs important to realize that there is no such thing as completely eliminating the possibility of identity theft. Anyone who would guarantee that you wonât become a victim isnât being honest with you. The best option is to become better educated about our choices and then focus on early detection and professional restoration if one does become a victim,â Parker says.
Lionheartâs âhow toâ educational series discusses tips on protecting yourself against most all types of identity theft.
Parker said, âWe understand that that we canât bring the identity theft rate to zero. However, we can educate people on how to take simple steps to protect themselves and reduce the identity thievesâ success rate. Experience has shown us that few have the patience to read lengthy instruction manuals about how to minimize oneâs risk of identity theft. Thatâs why weâve chosen a simple âhow toâ format, which is easy to understand and follow.â
The series includes the companyâs most requested âhow toâ articles, such as âHow to Avoid a Phishing Scamâ and âHow to Avoid Becoming a Victim of a Twitter Scam.â