Tuesday, November 11, 2014

US Mail security and identity theft


Television Station WJLA-7 in Washington has a story on identity theft in the physical world, mainly from thefts of unlocked mailboxes common in many homes, especially in rural areas.  The link is here.  At particular risk are people who allow mail to be picked up from outdoor boxes rather than taking them to mailboxes or post offices.

Along with this, NBC Washington on Tuesday had a story advising consumers not to send personal information (especially bank account numbers or credit card numbers) in emails at all, since apparently emails on some servers have been scraped for this information.

Again, a two-step verification of new credit accounts using NCOA, as I suggested in 2006, could go a long way in preventing false identities.  

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