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October 20, 2023

The Haunting Reality of Identity Theft | PROSHRED®

The Haunting Reality of Identity Theft: Protecting Yourself this spooky season

As Halloween approaches, it's time to learn about the eerie world of identity theft—a crime more terrifying than any ghost or creature crawling around. in recent years the risk of identity theft has grown dramatically, posing a potential danger to anyone or any business that isn't vigilant. During this Halloween season, PROSHRED® shredding services can help you protect your identity ensuring that all your sensitive and personal information remains safe from creepy crawly hands.

Identity theft is a shapeshifter

Identity theft is not a new problem, but it has significantly risen in recent years. According to a report by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), there were over 4.7 million reports of identity theft in 2020, a significant increase from previous years. 

Identity theft can manifest in different ways, ranging from digital breaches to physical document breaches. It typically entails the unauthorized use of an individual's personal information for fraudulent purposes. For instance, your Social Security Number can be used by scammers to impersonate you, allowing them to apply for credit in your name, opening bank accounts, and engaging in a range of financial crimes. Similarly, access to your driver's license information can lead to identity theft, enabling perpetrators to apply for credit cards, rent vehicles, or even commit crimes with your name.

The Scary Consequences

The aftermath of identity theft can also be devastating and have long-lasting repercussions for victims. These consequences range from financial loss, where identity thieves can drain bank accounts, max out credit cards, or secure loans in the victim's name, leaving them burdened with substantial financial woes and bring havoc on a victim's credit score. Legal troubles often follow as victims may find themselves wrongly implicated in criminal activities. The emotional toll is also profound, often resulting in anxiety, depression, and a sense of violation. Not to mention, the journey to recover from identity theft is a hard and time-consuming process, demanding countless hours dedicated to navigating paperwork, making phone calls, and dealing with complex legal procedures.

Protect yourself from a nightmare coming true

To protect yourself from identity theft, ensure the secure disposal of sensitive paperwork, including old financial statements, bills, and documents containing personal information. Some crafty thieves resort to old-fashioned methods, like rummaging through trash bins and seeking discarded documents that contain personal information. Professional shredding services like PROSHRED® can help you render your documents unreadable and unusable. By shredding and securely discarding your documents it can help protect you from fraudulent scams in your name. PROSHRED® Security goes the extra mile to ensure the complete erasure and protection of your sensitive information and offering peace of mind. We specialize in securely destroying not only paper documents, old hard drives, but also branded materials that could potentially be exploited by identity thieves. By choosing PROSHRED® you are securing your future by protecting your sensitive information.

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Partnering Up for a Hauntingly Happy Halloween!

This Halloween don't let the risk of identity theft haunt you. By staying informed and taking steps to protect your personal information, you can steer yourself to a greater peace of mind. Remember, the best defense against identity theft is a well-informed and vigilant you. And with PROSHRED® Shredding Services by your side, you can rest assured the ghost of your old documents will not come back to haunt you.

Contact us today and protect your information!

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