Did you know identity theft has quickly become the fastest growing crime in America? This year, authorities estimate as many as 10 million Americans will have their identity stolen, and most won’t realize they’ve been victimized until months or even years have passed. This leaves plenty of time for the thief to damage a victim’s good name and good credit.
You can help reduce your chances of becoming a victim of identity theft by modifying your behavior and safeguarding your personal information. The Lee County Sheriff's Office encourages you to take the following quiz to help you identify ways in which you can better protect yourself from identity thieves. Grab a pen and tally your score at the end.
If you scored 100 points or greater, you are asking for trouble. Consider purchasing a paper shredder, secure documents better and stop distributing your personal information. If you scored 50-100, your chances of victimization are about average, although higher if you have good credit. If you scored below 50 points, congratulations! Your security awareness is high; keep up the good work.
For more information about identity theft or to report an incident of identity theft, contact the Sheriff’s Office fraud line at 477-1242. Source: The Art of the Steal, Frank Abagnale