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Theft / Financial Crimes
The Question
Financial crimes continue to rise on a national scale. The same is true on a local level. The question is, “Is my personal information available on the internet, and how and why did it get there?” Chances are good that some of your personal information is available on the internet. Some companies make their profits from gathering information electronically and making it available to their clients. This information is used by marketing companies, attorneys, and even law enforcement; it is up to the information brokers to screen their clientele so that they do not make their service available to would-be information thieves. Sometimes, however, there is a breakdown in security measures, and the results are devastating.

The Good News
Fortunately, several states require that companies inform people when their personal information has been compromised. The advantage to the victim in this situation is that the earlier it is detected, the less damage is likely to be done.

Steps To Prevention
Sadly, there is not much that can be done to prevent at least some personal information from being posted online. However, there are steps that can be taken to minimize the potential damage should personal information be compromised. The most important recommendations are:
  • Shred anything and everything that contains personal information.
  • Obtain a copy of your credit report at least twice a year. This will help to give you an early alert that your credit has been compromised by fraudulent activities. 
  • Notify the Police Department as soon as you discover you have become a victim.