While it is extremely difficult to restore your good name after the thieves do their damage, it can be much easier to take steps to protect your credit and identity in the first place.
“So, what do you do if you are a victim of Identify theft? The Federal Trade Commission has a list of steps that you can take to report any fraudulent use of your identity. They also have a chart to keep track of the people you’ve talked to, …
If you have been a victim of identity theft, the first thing you should do is place a fraud alert on your credit reports by calling any of the three nationwide credit reporting companies. Then check your credit report periodically for any changes.
Second, close the accounts that you think have been tampered with, or opened fraudulently. File a report with your local police station on where the identity theft took place, and file a complaint with the FTC.
Finally, remain alert. Warning signs include missing bills or other mail, receiving credit cards that you didn’t apply for, being denied credit, and getting calls from debt collectors.”
This video from the IRS offers some strategies for protecting yourself from identity theft –
Protecting yourself from identity thieves starts with some simple precautions, such as installing a locking mailbox, never leaving important document in your outgoing mail, having good computer passwords, as well as anti-virus and anti-malware software installed on your PC.
Basically, just don’t make it easy for the thieves. For example, if the thieves find you have a locked mailbox, they will likely move on to an easier target and leave you alone.
We consider the Mailboss to be the most effective post mounted locking mailbox for protecting your mail from identity theft.
Made of steel, not aluminum, utilizing the round keys that can’t be duplicated and patented anti-pry technology, it will stop those mail thieves in their tracks.
This video offers an overrview of the features and benefits of the Mailboss locking post mounted mailbox –