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Financial Pitfalls #11


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Forms of Identity Theft


As the methods used to perform identity theft expand, so do the types of accounts and services being stolen by identity
thieves.

Part I: Types of Identity Theft


● Read the article ​6 Types of Identity Theft​, by McAfee.
● Using knowledge gained from the article, list the 6 types of identity theft and writing an explanation about what
each type is.

6 Types of Identity Theft:


1. New Account Fraud. when someone Opens a new utility, cell phone and/or credit card
account with someone else's information
2. Account Takeover Fraud. When someone uses someone else's account without
permission
3. Criminal Identity Theft. When someone does a crime using someone else’s name
4. Medical Identity Theft. When someone uses someone else's insurance information to
get medical services
5. Business or Commercial Identity Theft. When someone uses a business’s name to get
money from that businesses’ clients
6. Identity Cloning. When someone is actually living as the person whose identity was
stolen

Part II: How Identity Theft Occurs


● Read the section in this article with the heading ​How Does Identity Theft Happen?​ to learn about ways your
personal information might be stolen.
● Answer the questions below

Briefly summarize 8 ways identity theft can happen:


1. Someone can get your information from old bills and stuff from your trash
2. Someone can steal your mail
3. Fake emails
4. Thieves can use a device that reads your credit card when you use an ATM
5. You get robbed
6. Someone can trick a bank person on the phone to give them your information
7. Someone with your credit card information can change your billing address
List 4 Identity Protection strategies that you would try in “real life”
1. shred financial documents when your done with them
2. Put a Lock on Your Mailbox
3. Sign up for a Credit monitoring service
4. Check your account statements for charges that you did not do

List 2 things you could do if your identity is stolen


1. Contact the FTC
2. Contact the ​USPS Inspection Service