Protect Your Identity on the Internet and at Home: The number of people who disregard warnings and spill the beans about themselves on social media and other places is looking to have their identities stolen. One lady recently discovered that her image was being used by a scammer to get money from victims who thought they were communicating with her. While this didn’t affect her personally it allowed a crime to be committed against several people because of her.
Most people won’t use a pseudonym when writing and publishing their stuff online, as they want their followers to find them. While that stands there are ways of protecting yourself and others by using old images, instead of up-to-date photos, posting a false birth date, and giving little personal information.
Everything you post online will be available through the Search Engines. That means extreme caution needs to be taken. While the Internet is only one such source of your identity you must be aware of others.
Garbage cans and recycling bins are places where scammers can also get your identity if you are not cautious. Don’t discard bills and letters, and so on, with your personal details displayed on them without shredding them. Envelopes can also contain these things.
When using a bank make sure there is no one standing close enough behind you to copy down details, such as pin numbers, addresses, age, and so forth. Some cab drivers in Australia have sold credit card numbers to mates overseas who have then bought products on them. Most shops now don’t refund in cash but put the money back on the card.
The institutions are trying to protect customers from fraud but they can’t cover everything. The bottom line is that it is your identity and you are the one responsible for it.