Demartek announces its updated Identity Theft Prevention Tips and Commentary Report for December 2009.
Identity theft, also known as “ID theft” and “identity fraud,” is a widespread and fast-growing crime. Although potentially anybody can be targeted, a number of things can be done to reduce the risk of becoming an identity theft victim. The recent well-publicized security breaches, ruin of financial reputations and even mistaken arrests of victims have triggered calls to action by individuals, businesses, and government.
The Demartek Identity Theft Prevention report lists suggestions for individuals and organizations to help reduce the risk of identity theft. The areas covered include the handling of paper documents, telephone-related issues, computer-related issues, credit freezes, and the Identity Theft Passport programs. This report also provides references from government agencies for information and assistance and discusses some current and proposed laws. Information specific to the USA and Canada is included.
“Although some government agencies pass laws to penalize criminals and assist victims, and some businesses establish procedures to reduce the potential for identity theft, individuals can and should take action to prevent identity theft,” said Dennis Martin, Demartek President and Wikibon Mastermind. “Individuals also bear the brunt of the burden when it comes to the effort and trauma of recovering from identity theft.”
Dennis Martin, Demartek President and Wikibon Mastermind, is available to speak on this topic to civic groups and other interested parties. The Demartek Identity Theft Prevention report is available online free of charge at www.demartek.com/IDTheft.
Action Item: Individuals and businesses should implement good identity theft prevention techniques at home and in the office, especially as criminals increase their focus on businesses.