New Study: Identity Theft More Prevalent Offline
Did you know you are more at risk of having your identity stolen through traditional means – like loss or theft of your wallet – than online methods such as phishing or spyware?
More Common Than You Think
Although you’ve probably heard many tips about how to protect yourself from online fraud, it is equally important to be aware of common offline scams. Here are some common types of offline fraud.
- Loss or theft of wallet or purse
- Acquaintances with access to information
- Corrupt employees with access to information
- Stolen paper mail
- Dumpster diving
Move Online to Protect Yourself
Whenever possible, cancel paper bills and account statements, and choose to receive electronic statements, like SEFCU eStatements. Monitor your SEFCU accounts daily with SEFCU OnLine and SEFCU's Mobile app so you can spot any fraudulent activity as soon as it occurs. Don’t share highly sensitive information, such as account numbers and PINs, with family or friends, and be sure to shred any personal paper records you may have.
While there is no guarantee that you will avoid becoming a victim of identity theft, by following these tips, and staying informed, you will be better educated on how to protect your personal, confidential information.