A New Way They Can Steal Your Identity
There's a new kind of Identity Theft out there that you would never suspect.
Picture yourself in a fender bender.
You're now a target for identity theft.
Especially if you're a woman!
The latest scam for stealing your identity is to catch you when you are least on guard, especially after a crash.
According to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, a crash is the easiest way to get lots of information out of you.
Here are some quick tips to safeguard you:
#1 Breathe and try to remain calm
#2 NEVER GIVE OUT YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER-NO ONE EVER NEEDS IT AFTER AN ACCIDENT
#3 NEVER LET YOUR DRIVER'S LICENSE BE COPIED OR PHOTOGRAPHED.
#4 WAIT FOR THE COPS IF YOU'RE NOT SURE WHAT YOU'RE REQUIRED TO GIVE THE OTHER DRIVER.
"If someone has your driver's license, they can use it to make a fake ID or to give to a policeman so that your driving record ends up with a ticket it on it," warns Imandoust. "Even if you have to share it, don't let anyone take a photo of it. It's especially important not to give your driver's license number to someone who doesn't have a license of their own."
The insurance commissioners' survey also found that 25 percent of consumers would share their home address, but that's not always necessary.
"You should avoid giving out that information because you don't want someone to know where you live, for safety reasons," Imandoust says. "Plus, your trash can be a gold mine of information, especially if that information can be added to the other pieces of information they've already gathered from you."