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Keeping My Identity Safe 3 Of The Biggest Scams Aimed At Stealing Your Id

Identity protection is becoming an increasingly popular topic among consumers worldwide. In this declining economy, there are a wide variety of scams popping up every day with the sole intention of stealing a personís identity and using their credit to obtain goods. That is why credit protection is so important, now more than ever before. Three of the biggest scams going on right now can be found below, along with information on how to avoid them.

Spoof Emails

Emails claiming to be from your bank or other financial institutions could be fraudulent. Recently, there has been a rise in spoof emails that appear to be sent from a reputable business, but in fact are from a scammer who is trying to steal your identity and credit information.

In order to improve in credit protection, you can order a copy of your credit report on a regular basis and search for inaccuracies. To avoid ill effects from this scam though, you should avoid opening any direct links within your email. If you receive a message from your bank or PayPal account that says you need to log into your account, then just type the name of the website into a new browser window and visit your account that way. You can also call the institution to see if there truly is a problem with your account.

Emails or Letters Stating That You Have Won Something

These types of scams are becoming popular now that consumers are becoming desperate for money. The financial crunch that has hit the world makes more consumers susceptible to this scam, which informs them through email or regular postal mail that they have won money.

The consumer places an enclosed check into the bank or sends their banking information through email, and then they have their financial and credit information stolen. If a consumer has placed the money into the bank and sent part of it back to the scammers for tax purposes, then they will have lost that money as well, when the check in their account eventually bounces.

Look into identity protection services right away if you have become a victim of this scam, as the people involved will more than likely try to use your identity and credit information for other purposes.

Fake Job Postings

One of the most recent scams to become prevalent is the fake job scam. A person will put up a quick website as a front, and then post a job advertisement. Since so many people are out of work in this economy, they jump at the chance to be employed.

The scam artist will ask applicants to email or fax over information such as financial banking numbers for payment purposes, and a driverís license copy and tax forms for employment and tax purposes. Once consumers send their information the companies are never heard from again, and after a few weeks the website has disappeared.

For the sake of credit protection, always insist on applying to only reputable companies. If a website or company is brand new, then only apply and forward important information if they are local or can prove undoubtedly that they are legitimate.

Identity protection services are available at a relatively low cost, as are credit protection services as well. These solutions can help keep your financial and personal information safe even if you do fall prey to scams like the ones listed above. Preserving your financial information and status is one of the best things that you can do for yourself in a declining economy.
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The Green Credit Solutions advisors are all highly trained professionals in credit repair and debt settlement in all situations, including those where identity theft has taken place. Along with providing expert credit help founded on the combined knowledge of legal, financial and accounting experts, they provide foreclosure help and loan modification services as well.
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