Monday, October 17, 2016

Your Family Would NEVER Do This To You, Right?

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Family is great, right? We all get together during holidays, birthdays and special occasions. We even support each other through the GOOD and the BAD, we wouldn’t have it any other way. Our family is our bond, we love and support each other and help out when and how ever we can.

Now, imagine going through the mail one day and looking at bills from credit cards companies in which YOU DON'T HAVE CARDS FOR…

Imagine getting into a car accident one night and being taken into custody for a WARRANT THAT YOU DIDN’T KNOW IS IN YOUR NAME…

Imagine getting phone call after phone call from debt collectors trying to collect…
...back mortgage payments for a HOUSE YOU DON’T OWN
...medical bills for procedures that YOU DIDN’T HAVE

...Now imagine that any of the above scenarios happened because a family member stole your identity and used it for their own benefit.

Don’t think that it can happen to you? THINK AGAIN. It can happen to YOU! It happened to ME, why not YOU? Oh, yeah, it happened to me and approximately ⅓ of all reported identity theft falls under the category of “Familiar Fraud,” according to CBS.com.

To Report...Or Not?


If you find yourself in this situation, talk to your family before you report the crime to authorities. Yes, it is difficult, but if you don’t report it, YOU ARE ULTIMATELY RESPONSIBLE for everything that is accomplished using YOUR identity.

Protect Your Information

Keep your information safe by following these guidelines.

  • Don’t leave mail lying around, especially those preapproved credit offers.
  • Having company? Store your purse/wallet in a locked closet or cabinet.
  • Going to a relative's? Only take what is essential  (do you really need your bank cards?) and leave everything else at home.

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