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5 things ID thieves want you to do

Escaping identity thieves is hard enough. Don't make it any easier on them.

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Aug 14, 2014 8:48PM

For years, every accountant that signed a tax return had to include their social security number in the signature block. For security reasons, the IRS now issues each tax preparer a special ID number to use. Why hasn't Medicare replaced social security numbers with new ID numbers. The seniors are giving this info out regularly. Let the government issue health ID numbers and let the SocSec # be limited to tax, financial and social security matters.

Aug 15, 2014 4:50PM
I don't worry about having someone steal my identity. I worry about them trying to give it BACK. I think anyone who steals another's identity should automatically be liable for all that person's DEBTS, too. Make THEM pay off their victim's credit card debt, college loans, car payments, etc.
Aug 15, 2014 12:05PM
I'd like to see the death penalty imposed on these lazy pieces of trash. That should slow things down a bit.
Aug 14, 2014 7:09PM
So the article about lighter sentences for white collar crimes goes with this one? Soon JUSTICE will become a personal thing as the authorities are unable, unwilling, and wish to save money and be politically correct. Ruining and causing hardship in peoples lives not to long ago was a killing offense.
Aug 15, 2014 6:17AM
What a way to live, they have to make these crimes more than a slap on the wrist.!!!!!!!!!!
Aug 15, 2014 8:42AM
How can you protect yourself from your employer allowing most any office worker to have access to your records?
Aug 15, 2014 1:47PM
Federal and State law. Any hacker caught, 20 years, no chance of parole.
Aug 14, 2014 11:09PM
Every Illegal is an identity thief.  The National Guard should be shooting to kill on the border.
Aug 14, 2014 10:28PM
You cannot hide from hackers or identity thieves!
All you can possibly do is hope and pray that they do not target YOU!

There is NO security on the net and there never can be!
Get used to it.
If you don't want it released, then keep it off of the internet!
You think you are safe because you simply have not been targeted YET.
Everyone will eventually get their turn!

You should expect it to happen to YOU!

Aug 15, 2014 2:25PM
One thing is stores could ask for ID to use your card.
Aug 14, 2014 10:00PM

If hackers want your identity just tell them to hack the NSA. Thanks to our POS President they have all the info on all of us.


Aug 15, 2014 11:14AM
The banks just about make it A victimless chrime.The laws need to be strong.Unless they get tough on identify theft,we won't see nothing but more of it.I'm getting ready to stop all my creditbcards 
Aug 18, 2014 5:14PM
With the number of SS and Medicare eligible seniors added everyday, the Medicare numbers on each card should be changed.  Seniors are the most vulnerable to identity theft.
Aug 18, 2014 5:12PM
Solution? Catch the hacker or thief? Chop the hand off and the second offence chop the other off..
Aug 15, 2014 10:37AM
Although most people think off white collar crime as bankers or investment managers white collar crime includes identity theft as well. I do not know why though. The bankers and their ilk  are placed in a position of trust whereas your identity thief is just that, a thief. People that are placed by the virtue of their occupation in a position of trust that violate that trust to enrich themselves should be stripped of all assets, houses, cars, all accounts. anything financial should be taken. If they bought a car for their second cousin gone, jr's. watch gone, wives necklace gone. then send the asshat to prison for at least 5 years minimum where they can pay their own way after reimbursing the court system.
Aug 15, 2014 9:25PM
Because the Government ALLOWED this to happen in the first place!  It's not "theory", actually, it's LAW! If the original INTENT of the Law had been rigidly adhered to; there would be no problem with Identity Theft! The reason your SS is "burned into your brain", as you stated, is because years and years of CONDITIONING have made it so! The first time some company or person asked for an SS number, someone should have gone to court; well, likely someone did, but back in the 60's...who cared? Nobody back then could see what was coming; no computers, no Internet, no World Wide COULD they have possibly foreseen the mess we have now?
Aug 15, 2014 9:47AM
Freeze your credit !!!
Cost me $10 at each credit reporting company to freeze my credit.

Aug 15, 2014 2:14PM
One thing is stores could ask for ID to use credit.
Aug 15, 2014 1:00AM
I follow all these rules. The only one that really doesn't bother me is if people know my schedule of when I'm home & when I'm not. I have a huge dog and another medium sized dog. They are both rather formidable and they work together as a great team. Plus my husband is home when I am not and vice versa.
Aug 18, 2014 5:08PM
Lets have very very harsh penalties for ID theft.
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