Seven Simple Tips To Protect Against Identify Theft

Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in America and every three seconds an identity is stolen. Did you know there were 11.6 million adult victims of ID theft in 2011?

To prove your identity, you must bring a driver’s license, and a birth certificate. If you have a passport this may also be used to prove your identity. Be aware that the card you want replaced will not be handed to you while you are at the office. The replacement social security card replacement will be mailed to the address that is on file. This is usually the same address that is used for your taxes.

Oh and if that alone isn’t enough, they had the audacity to sneak the bill in behind a ‘must-have’ bill for the funding of our troops. The same troops who are ‘fighting for our freedom’. That takes nerve. Come on now!! Funding for troops that are fighting for the freedom that they are taking away, ugh! How deceiving and twisted is that?

If you have social security card replacement allergies to cats dogs or even dust you should bring your allergy medicine along with you on the plane. People tend to bring their animals along on flights. Even if the animal isn’t accompanying them on the trip, they still have pet dander on their clothes.

Tip: don’t provide your child’s school with his social security number. The school can, if they wish, generate a nine digit random number(as an example) to represent your child. It should raise a red flag if they insist on it; in this case, consider another school for your youngster.

For Passport amendment, you will need to fill out a Passport Amendment / Validation Application form. Once completed, you should send this for to the nearest passport agency and include the following; your current passport, a certified document showing your name change (like a valid copy of your marriage certificate), and appropriate fees.

Social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and MySpace have exploded in popularity. I’ve often seen profiles of people that also list each member of their family, their photographs, and other identifying information. These social media sites are extremely popular these days, so there are lots of predators that can study each profile. All they have to do is become a member and start searching!

If you are in a hurry to receive your new passport, you can pay an extra $60 for the expedited fee. You need to write EXPEDITED on the outside of the envelope. Mark it clearly so that when it arrives at its destination it will be handled properly. Another option you have is to visit a local agency that handles passports. You can find a local office by going to the website for the Bureau of Consular Affairs. This is the best option if you will need to have your passport in less than 2 weeks.

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