Community Members Learn Important Tips on Avoiding Credit and Identity Theft
Senator Kemp Hannon and James Reed, President of James W. Reed Consulting and former Nassau County Deputy Commissioner of Consumer Affairs, recently spoke to community members about the latest credit and identity theft schemes to be aware of.
“Everyone is susceptible to becoming a victim of identity theft,” said Senator Hannon. “However, by taking a few important precautions, you can make yourself and your family members far less vulnerable,” Hannon continued.
The presentation provided information and tips regarding managing credit, how to fix bad credit, how to avoid identity theft, what to do if you are a victim of identity theft and avoiding e-mail fraud.
“You should only have two credit cards,” said Reed. “The more cards you have, the more of a target you become to credit thieves,” continued Reed. Reed also urged residents to resist using a credit card at a gas station, as data from the card is frequently stolen from the machine.
The former Nassau County Deputy Commissioner of Consumer Affairs also said ATM’s are an easy vehicle for thieves to steal your money and your identity. “I’ve even seen instances where thieves put an ‘out of order’ sign on the ATM machine and then roll their own machine in right next to the real one,” said Reed. Additionally, Reed warns that debit cards put you at greater risk than credit cards since thieves can withdraw all the money from your account.