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Happy New Year & Identity theft

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With the New Year getting ready to start, its time to get informed about the latest scams taking place to make part of your new year's resolution, the choice to get protected from identity theft more than ever before. If you are traveling keep in mind that while you were away, scammers may have been busy sending you mail or emails containing a scam or malware. This article will review a few scams taking place and offer you ways to protect yourself from identity theft.

Fake mail recipient scam

According to Scam Detector, scammers send an email directing you to visit a website to verify information about a package that supposedly belongs to you. Scam Detector advises that you research the company by Googling it. Chances are the website is a counterfeit and meant to trick you, so never follow a link or download anything you are emailed.

New phone for Christmas?

If you were lucky enough to get a new phone for Christmas, keep in mind that you need to protect it so you will be protected from identity theft. For a list of the the top 10 security software, visit http://mobile-security-software-review.toptenreviews.com/ If you plan on logging into your credit card, bank, or plan to make purchases using your phone, you are a target for identity theft. Scammers will use fake apps and emails to try to hack into your phone, so be on the lookout and tell others about this article. If you have a smart phone, download the best fraud prevention app called Scam Detector from Google play or your app store.

Digital eCards with malware

According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, people have also been receiving digital greeting cards that contain malware, so if you receive an email even if it looks like its from someone you know, never click on it or download it; but instead go directly to the eCard company's website using the number listed for your eCard. For a complete list of tips and scams, visit the Identity Theft Resource Center at http://www.idtheftcenter.org/Hot-Topics/holiday-identity-theft.html

If you are a victim of identity theft and you live in Santa Ana or elsewhere, for help and free assistance call the Identity Theft Resource Center at 1-888-400-5530. You will also need to file a police report so if you live in Santa Ana, contact the Santa Ana Police Department at www.ci.santa-ana.ca.us/pd/e-reporting/default.asp to see if you can file an E-Police report online or if you need to go in.

As always thank you for your visit today and may you have the best New Year ever!

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