Did you know that nine million people were victims of identity theft this year? Would you like to be one of them? If the answer is no then here are some tips to avoid your self from being a victim of the identity theft. Identity theft is very rampant in the United States and is a huge criminal offense. Several people around the globe have fallen victims to this criminal offense. According to the Department of Justice in the United States, drug trafficking will soon be replaced with identity theft if the trend continues.

The easiest way to steal someone’s identity is to steal his or her wallet or purse which will, in most cases, contain many documents revealing his or her identity. Therefore, do not carry more than required information to prove your identity. If you are a responsible citizen then you should have, at most, 2 credit cards on you. Never ever get your SSN card with you by keeping it in the purse or the wallet.

Second method of leaking your identity to others is through government records, statements of credit card and bills. Therefore, all such documents should be very carefully disposed off so that it would not fall in to the wrong hands and be misused. Do not make the simple mistake of throwing away whole documents in to the bin. If you tear it in to just one or two pieces then also the purpose is not served as the document can be easily recovered by putting together the pieces.

Third, your information – personal and banking related will be hacked unless you have saved it with secure passwords. It is the digital world where all information is stored in 0’s and 1’s. Hence, if you don’t protect your data with sufficient passwords then, it will be hacked and stolen. One tip related to passwords is – do not use a password that is easy to remember but use system generated passwords which contains a good combination of special characters, numbers and letters.

One of the most important tips is that, you should never give your credit card data to anybody through email or through phone. See that every transaction on your credit card is initiated by your self.

In the same way, giving the information related to your credit cards to someone you don’t trust is one of the biggest blunder you would have made.

Lastly, you should avail of the “Fraud Prevention Monitoring Service”. This is one of the most effective ways to prevent identity theft against you. If you do not opt for this service then don’t be surprised when an unwanted collector demands money from you which you do not owe.

If you get suspicious that your identity has been stolen or hacked from your compute then report it to the police as soon as possible. Any delay will only cause more harm to you.

Identity theft has more than thirty million victims in the last five years!!! So beware. Contact one of our helpful account representatives to assist you in the setup of a high risk merchant account or offshore merchant account for a high risk merchant.