What Trump Wants You To Know about Identity Theft

Identity Theft and Donald Trump

Recent headlines all over the nation reported the latest in identity theft. Apparently, Donald Trump might be at risk. Identity theft doesn’t discriminate based on popularity or celebrity status. Anyone can become the victim of identity theft.

He's Not The Average Joe

Donald Trump is quite arguably one of the most famous people in the world. It’s hard to imagine anyone not recognizing him. If an individual stole Donald Trump’s social security number, it is reasonable to assume that it would be very difficult to use. I guess Donald Trump is the exception when it comes to identity theft.

Uh Oh...

Apparently, the government website of the state of New York had portion of their website accessible to the public for a period of time until the error was realized. The portions of the website actually included social security numbers of New York residents including Donald Trump. Unless there is a disconnect in identity theft situations being reported, it seems that the number of identity theft breaches occurring on government-related websites is too high. Any company can be susceptible to identity theft criminals no matter how much time and money they invest in making their websites foul-proof. The most foul-proof firewalls and software is always vulnerable if a person spends enough time figuring out how to circumnavigate it. Fortunately, many identity theft criminals will simply aim for easier targets.

New Yorkers Aren't Alone

Even if you don’t live in New York, there are still possible breaches that could occur with your personal information. If you find out your personal information was involved in a security breach, you should take immediate steps to counteract any possible damage. Put a freeze on your credit report. That way even if an identity theft criminal wanted to open a new credit card under you name that individual wouldn’t be able to. Also, make sure you keep a close eye on your credit reports over the upcoming years. Doing so will alert you to whether or not you have experienced identity theft if there is activity on your credit report that you don’t recognize.

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