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The 12 Frauds of Christmas

The 12 Frauds of Christmas
December 15, 2011


With the holiday season upon us and catchy jingles blasting in stores and in cars, i's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle and forget about the everyday risks to your personally identifiable information (PII).

PII isn’t just financial – it includes medical information, employment information, email, passwords and more.

Consumers should be reminded of the 12 Frauds of Christmas to keep their holiday stress-free, their identity safe and their wallet happy.

1. On the first day of Christmas, an identity thief gave to me: one skimmed debit card.

2. On the second day of Christmas, an identity thief gave to me: two debt collectors harassing me for debts I don’t owe.

3. On the third day of Christmas, an identity thief gave to me: identity theft impacting all three of my credit scores.

4. On the fourth day of Christmas, an identity thief gave to me: four ways of thieving — phishing, vishing, smishing and pharming.

5. On the fifth day of Christmas, an identity thief gave to me: five fraudulent emails.

6. On the sixth day of Christmas, an identity thief gave to me: six Explanation of Benefits statements of medical treatments not administered to me.

7. On the seventh day of Christmas, an identity thief gave to me: seven hacked accounts, forcing me to recreate new (and more secure) passwords.

8. On the eighth day of Christmas, an identity thief gave to me: eight background checks from potential employers, all showing bad credit from debts that aren’t mine.

9. On the ninth day of Christmas, an identity thief gave to me: fear that someone out there has access to my nine-digit Social Security number.

10. On the tenth day of Christmas, an identity thief gave to me: the Top 10 Breaches of 2011.

11. On the eleventh day of Christmas, an identity thief gave to me: panic about a data breach that may have affected eleven (or are there more?) possible accounts that all use the same username and password.

12. On the twelth day of Christmas, Identity Theft 911 gave to me: a round-up of tips to keep me, my family and my PII safe.

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