By Barbara Pronin
Identity thieves, like cold germs, seem to be all around us, using stolen Social Security Numbers (SSNs) and other personally identifiable information (PII) in schemes to line their pockets while ruining the victim’s credit and financial standing.
When PII falls into the wrong hands, crooks can use that information to open and use new accounts, get medical care or other services, and wreak all kinds of financial havoc on unsuspecting prey. Clearly, protecting our confidential information is as important (if not more so) as protecting ourselves against the common cold.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) suggests several ways to keep confidential data safe:
Barbara Pronin is an award-winning writer based in Orange County, Calif. A former news editor with more than 30 years of experience in journalism and corporate communications, she has specialized in real estate topics for over a decade.