Sean: And to support us remedy David’s problem and give us some details about how we can guard ourselves, on this episode of the podcast, we’re conversing once again with Bev O’Shea, our go-to id theft writer at NerdWallet.
Liz: Yay. Hey Bev, welcome back again to the podcast.
Bev O’Shea: Thanks, Liz. I’m delighted to be here.
Sean: We’re pleased to have you. It’s generally fantastic to discuss with you, Bev. So to start with off, David, our listener, is anxious about identity theft, which is excellent to listen to for the reason that a lot of individuals, I will not assume, are as anxious as they probably need to be. So to get started off, he is pondering what he can do to secure his accounts and id. Where by do you believe he ought to start out?
Bev: The initial issue I would do is to freeze my credit history. Even if you might be not apprehensive about credit history for each se, if somebody has these digits for your Social Stability number, they can use it to open credit rating in your name. They can use your child’s Social Protection amount even in advance of it is really assigned to open credit rating. What they do is they kind what Eva Velasquez at the Identification Theft Useful resource Middle phone calls a “Frankenstein monster of identity.” They set it jointly with a single variety, a name, an tackle, and they may have that for yrs before you find out.