“The 7 Rules People Commonly Break That
Cost Them Their Identity!”
By George Greenwood
Your identity is your most precious possession. The big question is: “Are you protecting it by proactively learning what you can do to reduce your risk and decrease the vulnerability of yourself, your family and your business or career?” Or are you like the majority of people in this country who just simply don’t seem to care until it is too late? It is not only about your identity, it is also about your integrity and reputation, especially if what the other guy did in your name leads to you getting a criminal charge.
After many years of research, live presentations to thousands of people across this vast country and by assisting people with “clean-up” after the fact, I have narrowed the field down to the seven simple rules people commonly break. By doing so, you put your identity at risk. It is my sincere desire to have this report cause you to question your position on the subject of identity loss.
There are four types of people when it comes to this subject.
a. have no interest and don’t care to.
b. have heard of it and become totally inwardly cautious.
c. have been or know someone who has been a victim and should know better.
d. are open to learn.
Which one are you?
Rule # 1 – Eliminate temptation
A crime is a result of the formula “A”(Greed or desire) + “B”(Opportunity) + “C”(Action). Eliminating temptation in this term is eliminating the opportunity used by the potential thief. What confidential files are left on the seat of your car, left on an office counter, or out in plain view where others could gather? People commonly break this rule by failing to think about what others see as being valuable.
Rule # 2 – Trust your instinct
While asked to provide personal information, if your instinct (what is referred to as a “gut feeling”) says something is wrong, respect the feeling and don’t give the information. Remember a good deal today is also a good deal tomorrow. Another situation to consider is using an ATM. If it does not feel right, return at another time or find another machine at a different location. We break this rule by being caught into the urgency of a need, desire or a perceived good deal.
Rule # 3 – Three aspects of your life
An easily broken rule is failing to realize that a case of identity theft, fraud or just a simple case of data loss can affect all three aspects of our life: Personal, family and business or career. A loss or victimization to any one will determine the future of the other two. The biggest problem of all is the unwillingness to accept the risk of one, not to mention the combination.
Rule # 4 – Not having an open mind
This is perhaps the strongest of all broken rules. Do you believe you are immune of identity theft? Most people believe that by being careful “it” couldn’t happen to them. They believe that learning about this subject will actually attract it. It is also the misunderstood notion that identity theft mainly refers to credit or debit card misuse. In reality it covers so much more than people realize and no one is immune. Another misconception that people have is believing that organizations (like banks) will look after their best interest so they don’t need to.
Rule # 5 – Misusing email
Every day someone asks, “How did they get my email address? There is not a week that goes by without receiving a number of jokes, funny or cute pictures, you’ll receive luck if you send this to __ people before midnight tonight notifications and sadly, bogus amber alert notices. What makes this worse is that some people don’t even remove the list of previously sent email addresses. (I received one with five generations of sent email addresses). It is possible, if not probable that these could contain email trackers, cookie collectors or a collection of nasty surprises.
Rule # 6 – “What’s in your wallet?”
People generally use their wallet as a storage locker for personal information. They tend to carry ever piece of their ID in the event that someone might ask for it. If the wallet is lost or stolen they have no idea of all that was contained within it. The general rule of thumb is to only carry what you need today. The rest, like a social insurance/security card should be locked somewhere safe.
Rule # 7 – Falling for the fun of social media
A quick tour of any of the main social media sites will show the open display of names, birthdays, addresses, photographs and resumes of personal, educational and business. Posted is their total life and that of their friends and families. It has been shown that crime groups have used these sites to mine valuable information from people like you in order to create a profile using your identity. The mistake is literally placing your life on a silver platter for anyone to take advantage of. It is an easy mistake because it is fun to do and no one thinks that a thief is virtually looking over your shoulder.
Identity theft prevention is pretty simple if we think about it, and therein lays the problem. It’s like we are always told, “Shield your PIN when using an ATM or a point of sale keypad”. Who thinks that it is not about the numbers, but about the ability to read your finger movements?” Identity theft prevention is simply about realizing that it can happen to you and those around you and that it can happen at home, on the road or at work. It is about being open to your vulnerability.
For further information, allow me to recommend:
My website: www.keepingidentitysafe.com
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My Facebook page: www.facebook.com/safeidentity
My books: “In Your Good Name”, “Confessions of an Identity Thief” & “Memories of a Stolen Life”
My services: Monitoring and restoration services for those with program memberships
The books, products and services are available to order from the website
My programs: There are a variety of speaking programs available for hire for different organizations or business conferences. Many of which (not all) can also be reviewed on the website.
Canadian Identity Resources Inc.
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