Identity theft happens throughout the year in Baltimore, but activity seems to peak during the holiday season. Thieves are notorious for raiding store and company documents to collect credit card numbers and other sensitive information. Even though the holiday season is only a few months long, millions of Americans can become victims of identity throughout the year. With the explosion of financial crimes and data breaches, perpetrators aren’t just going after ordinary people. Businesses without robust identity theft protection are proving to be lucrative targets. Criminal organizations are using legitimate corporate identities to defraud creditors, submit false business filings and establish additional lines of credit. If you want to know how to prevent identity theft for your home or business in Baltimore, follow these simple tips.
Any incoming or outgoing documents that contain personal information can be used to assume your identity. Bank statements, pre-screened credit card offers, holiday bills and even upcoming tax documents can contain the information that criminals need to perpetrate scams. Don’t leave important documents in a mailbox that’s accessible to other people. Never throw documents in a trashcan or give them to a stranger who offers to discard them for you.
Financial records that are relevant to yourself, your business or your customers must be kept in a secure location. Make sure that you lock filing cabinets, drawers and desks that house these documents. If you’re making electronic copies, protect digital files with a password. Papers that aren’t needed anymore should be stored securely until they can be shredded.
Documents are especially vulnerable as they end of their life cycle. Secure shredding services can protect your records after they are discarded. We provide tamper-proof containers where documents can be stored until your data is destroyed. If you’re considering identity theft protection services that safeguard electronic files, don’t forget to secure paper documents that contain equally important information.
Don’t open your business or personal data to thieves during the holidays or any time of the year. If you’re interested in learning more, our experts can show you how to prevent identity theft. Our weekly ISO-certified shredding plans and special events can safeguard important documents and protect you from the nation’s fastest growing crime. For more information about our secure shredding services, call PROSHRED® Baltimore at 410-242-9224 or Contact us today to see how we can help keep your information secure.
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