Scams have been around since the fall of the world and these days they are getting more and more clever. With technology growing and new ideas creating new business and new ways to do business, scams continue to grow and change as well on and offline.
As you can imagine, this means making sure your personal information is secure should be at the top of your list of things already done. But what steps could the average everyday man or woman take with no knowledge of how technology works? One way is to cover your tracks. In other words, don’t let yourself get caught and become the victim.
Be on the lookout for suspicious activity, such as e-mails you are unsure of and phone calls that ask for information. It would always help to know the basics. For example, banks will never ask for your account information by phone or e-mail.
Absolutely do not even give your personal information over the phone, such as account details or credit card information.
From what Ian Leaf has to say, when receiving mail, tear up what you do not need. Soak it and rip it, burn it, shred it, it doesn’t matter how you dispose of mail, but simply throwing it away with your name and address still readable could place you at risk for identity theft by a fraudster.