Identity theft can happen to anyone. It’s a serious crime, and the lawyers at Anggelis & Gordon, PLLC in Lexington, KY, have seen the damage it can cause. When it comes to identity theft, the sooner you determine there is a problem, the better off you will be. That’s why these lawyers are here to offer a few tips for protecting your identity.
Here are four tips for preventing identity theft so it doesn’t happen to you:
- Use Complicated Passwords & Pins: Your passwords and pin numbers are the first line of defense when it comes to protecting your assets. Use words and numbers that no one would be able to guess. For example, do not use the numbers associated with your birthday or phone number.
- Protect Your Computer: Don’t log into your personal accounts on public computers. You should also protect your personal computer at home with firewalls, anti-virus programs, and anti-spyware programs.
- Be Wary Of Phishing Scams: Phishing involves seemingly harmless emails that ask the recipient to verify personal information like passwords, account numbers, and social security numbers. These emails often claim to be associated with companies the recipient uses. If you receive an email from a provider asking to verify anything, call the company directly to see if it’s really from them.
- Never Respond To Unsolicited Emails: If a scammer emails you with an obvious scam, it might be tempting to email them back as a joke or to simply waste their time. However, doing so will let them know your email address is in fact active, and it could result in even more spam coming your way.
If you were the victim of identity theft, the lawyers from Anggelis & Gordon, PLLC will help address the issues it caused by filing police reports, pursuing civil action, and working with creditors to clear your name. Check out their website to learn more about their team, including a look at their past criminal law cases. You can also call (859) 255-7761 to schedule a consultation with an attorney today.