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Use a Credit Report Alert to Prevent Identity Fraud

Jul 6, 2008
Identity Theft and ID Fraud are real problems if you use your Credit Card on the Internet.

Many threats to your online safety exist today. The risks of shopping online are increasing.

Make sure you understand what can happen and take preventative measures to protect yourself.

Here you will find some helpful advice about online credit card transactions. Being careful on the Internet will help prevent theft of your personal identity on line.

Internet shopping and buying online is a risky business if you do not try and protect your identity.

Take note that about 70% of all losses from credit card transactions on the Internet last year were due to criminals and fraud. Illegal takeovers of users accounts by criminals also increased by 30% in a trend that is set to continue.

Today the Internet is one of the easier ways for any criminal to steal your personal identity from you.

Try to use some common sense and definitely take some sensible measures to ensure your safety when you are online to the web. If you are going to use a credit card you need to be aware!

Stop ID fraud and protect yourself. Keep you personal identity safe as well as your money!

There are many risks you need to consider when using your PC to surf the Internet

Worms and viruses can corrupt all the data on your computer or make it run really slowly and in some cases they can shut down your computer completely.

Also look out for Trojans and other Spyware. This software can capture what you type and tell the criminals what you do when on line. The clever ones can even watch exactly what you type when you are typing it and get your credit card information.

Be very careful using your PC when you connect to the Internet.

You always put the data on your computer at risk when you connect to the Internet, as others across the web may be able to get into your computer in the background.

Install a Firewall on your home computer to make sure you are protected from hackers and criminals when online and before you go shopping on the web.

How do I know when my identity has been stolen?

Credit report companies now provide an identity theft protection services to give you an early warning of any sort of ID fraud activity so you can take action to stop it before the impact is too great.

Prevention is better than a cure when stopping identity fraud!

Get a subscription to alerts on your credit report is simple.

Contact your favorite credit report provide to apply for an Alerts Service and get emails to your computer or text message via SMS to your cell phone if a change occurs on your credit file.

The alert might be nothing or it could be the start of ID fraud. These credit report alerts are the best early warning system available. If something is wrong you can act swiftly to contain it.
About the Author
Before you shop on the web discover how to get a Free Credit Report in the UK and read our report on How to Stop Identity Fraud so you can buy online with confidence.
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