More Street Gangs Are Turning to Identity Theft

March 9, 2022

Federal agents are continuously running into issues with street gangs engaging in cyber crime. What was once narcotics distribution, has turned into data breaches. These criminals are using the dark web to access people’s bank accounts and other financial logins to buy weapons, rent cars, and even go on lavish vacations. Crimes related to identity theft rose to $3.3 billion in 2020 from $1.8 billion in 2019 according to the FTC. Street gangs are increasingly creating revenue from identity theft because it is considerably less risky than selling drugs.

6 Things You Can Start Doing Today:   

1. Freeze Your Credit
Contact each of the three credit bureaus and freeze your credit if you won’t be taking out a loan any time soon.

2. Collect Your Mail Daily
Don’t leave your mail out in your mailbox for too long. That is an easy way for a passer-by to gain access to your personal information.

3. Shred Your Documents
When disposing of important documents, it is important you shred them. 

4. Enable Two-Factor Authentication
Enabling two-factor authentication on your accounts whether they be financial or not helps add a second layer of security.

From the moment you begin your protection, iLOCK360 begins fully monitoring your personal identifiable information and helps you to avoid phishing scams. Access your account today.

 

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