How to Avoid Becoming a Victim of Identity Theft
As holiday shopping levels increase to a frenzy, so does identity theft. Thieves search for opportunities to take advantage of distracted shoppers focused on the hectic holidays. “15 million people fall victim to identity theft in the U.S. each year. Many people admit to being worrisome of this issue, but struggle to properly protect their information,” remarked attorney Larry Hart. By putting the following tips to use, your personal information stands a higher chance of staying safe from thieves this holiday season.
- Don’t Carry Your Social Security Card in Your Wallet
Only give your social security number when absolutely necessary.
- Shoulder Surfers
Be weary of “shoulder surfers” in crowded checkouts. Shield the pin pad when entering a pin number or any other personal information.
- Be Careful When Shopping on a Public Network
By doing your holiday online shopping at a local coffee shop, your banking information becomes easily available to hackers. Using a public Wi-Fi network on your phone, tablet, or computer can be dangerous as thieves have the ability to access any information passed through the network.
- Look for the Lock
When making a purchase online, look for a lock symbol to the left of the website’s URL. This confirms that you are purchasing on a secure site. If there isn’t a lock, beware of hackers that create ‘clone’ websites for popular online shopping sites.
- Check Your Credit Report and Bank Statements
Check your credit report at least once a year to be certain it does not include any accounts you have not opened. If you suspect your information has been compromised, check the report more often. Additionally, it is important to monitor bank statements closely. Often time thieves are caught stealing small amounts at a time, meaning you may notice a suspicious charge for only $2. During this season, check your online bank account often while on a secure network.
- Request a Chip Card and Dip Instead
Using a credit card with a chip is safer for two reasons. The chip makes your physical credit card harder to counterfeit and rather than sending all of your information to a merchant when you buy something, the chip sends a unique code that an identity thief or hacker wouldn’t be able to use even if they discovered it. The code “expires”. When using with a credit card with an embedded computer chip, you will dip your card at checkout, rather than slide it.
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Prominent Clearwater criminal defense attorney Kevin Hayslett,
of Carlson Meissner Hart & Hayslett P.A., has returned to the Tampa airwaves as the on-air legal commentator for “Kevins Law,” a one-hour segment on Bubba the Love Sponge’s new morning radio show,
now airing on WHFS-98.7 FM. The “Kevins Law” segment, which originally debuted in 2011, airs on alternating Thursdays at 7:30 am EST.
In the returning segment, Hayslett takes questions from individuals in the Tampa Bay area via Twitter about criminal matters and offers commentary on the legal ramifications surrounding current news events. “So many people in the Tampa Bay area have questions about legal issues they or their family members are currently facing,” said Hayslett. “Being able to provide general guidance and direct them down the right path helps them save time and resources and hopefully leads them to a successful resolution of their situation.” Hayslett, a well-recognized Florida criminal attorney who is best known as The Attorney to the Stars, is a partner in the law firm Carlson Meissner Hart & Hayslett. He has provided useful legal information and commentary to hundreds of thousands of listeners during his affiliation with Bubba the Love Sponge.
A topic Hayslett frequently addresses during “Kevins Law” is the expungement of criminal records. Hayslett is keenly aware that criminal records cause Florida residents to be blocked from jobs and schools and denied credit. He is skilled at providing a clear explanation of the steps to take to wipe one’s criminal record clean and eliminate a criminal record as a barrier to a productive life.
For questions about expungement or other legal matters, listeners are encouraged to tweet their legal questions to @BTLSRadio or directly to Mr. Hayslett at @atty2thestars.
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