|Identity theft claims millions of people each year... and the number is growing. Why be concerned? Mainly because if you become a victim of identity theft you usually don't know it until you have a credit application denied or receive a phone call from a collection agency seeking payment for things you didn't buy. This site is designed to help answer some of your questions so that you can prevent identity theft from happening to you or someone you love.
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Johnny R. May
Johnny May, a widely respected and highly sought after security professional, is an independent security consultant and trainer who specializes in protecting individuals and organizations from identity theft. He is the author of Johnny May’s Guide to Preventing Identity Theft and the featured expert in the video production Identity Theft: How to Protect Your Credit, Your Money and Your Good Name.
Mr. May has lectured extensively on security and crime prevention topics and is regularly cited by the media as a leading authority. He has appeared on “NBC Nightly News” with Tom Brokaw, A&E Open Book, Comcast Newsmakers and scores of other television and radio shows. He has also been featured in publications such as Consumers Digest, “Entrepreneur” magazine, “The Robb Report” and numerous other publications.
A graduate of the University of Detroit-Mercy, Mr. May earned his B.S. in Criminal Justice and his M.S. in Security Administration. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Detroit-Mercy, Madonna University and Henry Ford Community College.
He has also been designated as a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) by ASIS International and is “Board Certified in Security Management”.
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Signs That You May
Have Become A Victim
How do you know you've become a victim of identity theft?
Some red flags or indicators might include the following:
- You are denied credit
- A new or renewed credit card never arrives in the mail
- You start receiving calls from creditors about debts you have no knowledge of
- You discover unauthorized purchases on your billing statements
If someone has stolen your identity, the Federal Trade Commission recommends you take three actions immediately:
Contact the fraud department of any one of the three major credit bureaus to place a fraud alert on your credit report.
(See below for phone numbers.) The fraud alert requests creditors to contact you before opening any new accounts or making any changes to your existing accounts. As soon as the credit bureau confirms your fraud alert, the other two credit bureaus will be automatically notified to place fraud alerts, and all three credit reports will be sent to you free of charge. Once you receive your reports, review them carefully to make sure no fraudulent accounts have been opened in your name or unauthorized changes made to your existing account.
- Contact the creditors (credit card companies, banks and other lenders) and close any accounts that you know or believe have been tampered with or opened fraudulently. Ask to speak to someone in the security or fraud department of each creditor. It’s particularly important to notify credit card companies in writing.
File a police report. Get a copy of the report to submit to you creditors and others that may require proof the crime.
In "Johnny May's Guide to Preventing Identity Theft", each of these steps are outlined, citing additional considerations, as well as listing agency phone numbers and websites. There are also sections on your liability and the importance of documentation.
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Reporting Fraud to Credit Bureaus
Here are the numbers you need to fight identity theft today!
- Be extremely cautious when handling and disclosing the following information: social security number, mother's maiden name, date of birth, past addresses, drivers license number, and, of course, bank and credit account numbers.
- Invest in a personal shredder. This is your first line of defense. Shred bank and credit card statements, cancelled checks, pre-approved credit card offers, etc. before disposal. A cross cut shredder offers added security because it makes it harder to reconstruct the document.
- Place garbage out on the morning of pickup rather than the night before. This gives dumpster divers less opportunity to go through your garbage.
- Consider listing only your name and phone number in the telephone book, or get an unlisted and unpublished number. If you have a personal or business listing, avoid the use of titles, such as "Dr.," or "Attorney," or any other signs announcing you're affluent.
- Be aware of other directories in which you may be listed. In addition to the telephone directory (item # 4), criminals have been known to find victims in "Who's Who" and other publications. Be sure to check online directories too. Reputation.com offers automated software to monitor your name online. To see an example of Reputation.com in action click here.
- Install a residential mailbox with a locking mechanism or purchase a door with a mail slot.
- Don't leave outgoing checks or paid bills in your residential mailbox. Take your mail to the post office or drop it in a U.S. Postal Service mailbox. Also, consider paying bills electronically; a lot of financial institutions now offer this option.
- Opt out of pre-approved credit card offers by calling (888) 5OPTOUT, or (888) 567-8688. Your request covers all three major credit bureaus (Experian, TransUnion, and Equifax).
- When you order new checks, do not have them sent to your residence. Pick them up at the bank instead. Or, have them delivered to you by registered mail -- so you have to sign for them personally.
- Call your credit card company if your card has expired and you have not yet received a replacement.
These are just a few of the safeguards outlined in
"Johnny May's Guide to Preventing Identity Theft"
But what if you are already a victim?
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