Although we provide you with multiple layers of protection, it's valuable to educate yourself on what identity theft is and how thieves use your personal information to commit fraud. Learn what you can do to protect your identity in addition to enrolling in McAfee Identity Protection. As always, Customer Support is available to answer any questions or discuss any of our product benefits. Read more about our $1 Million Product Guarantee.
How can I protect myself?
First, having a trusted, comprehensive identity protection product is the most important thing you should do. Second, take advantage of all the features and benefits of the product. Third, implement these helpful tips below to give you an even greater edge to protect yourself against identity thieves.
What is Identity Theft?
*2010 Identity Fraud Survey Report, Javelin Strategy & Research
What do thieves do with a stolen identity?
Once identity thieves have your personal information, they may use it in a variety of ways. They may:
How can thieves steal my information?
Identity thieves have become increasingly savvy at gaining access to people's personal information. There is a lucrative black market for stolen identities, leading to elaborate schemes to steal your personal information. Here are some common methods they use:
Thieves can obtain data from other sources that may surprise you:
What is medical Identity Theft?
Medical identity theft frequently results in erroneous information being added to a person´s medical record, or even the creation of an entirely fictitious medical record in the victim´s name. When you seek care, you could end up with the wrong medical history, wrong blood type, wrong allergies and other errors that could cause you serious medical problems.
Medical identity theft can be difficult to uncover, and may not be detected on your credit report. Typically, it is hidden in large electronic payment systems and in widely dispersed databases and medical files. As the U.S. health system transitions from paper-based to electronic, this crime may become easier to commit.
There are a number of ways medical identity thieves steal your identity: