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Identity Theft via Social Media

Are you inviting thieves to your social media networking websites?

Identity theft via social media networking websites is very common, as websites such as Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest, Flikr, LinkedIn and Twitter are growing more rapidly than ever. According to Nielsen Online, people are now using social media more than email as a way to keep up with friends and family.

Although social networking websites are a convenient way to keep up with friends and family, remember that everything you post becomes open to the public. Of course, you would never post your banking information or social security number. But did you consider the fact that posting your pets name, hometown, kids’ names, hobbies, and other ‘harmless’ information gives anyone who wants it the answer to many typical questions that are often used to reset your banking accounts and other sensitive passwords?

Is your home address or phone number posted? How about your birthday? With enough information, a thief can set up a personal profile and reset passwords so they can access your financial accounts, credit cards, or investments.

“Most often, identity thieves need look no further than your own social network home page to find personal information that can help them steal your identity or reset banking and other sensitive passwords,” said Howard Schwartz, a spokesman for the Connecticut Better Business Bureau in Wallingford, CT.

Take a few minutes to review your social networking profile on any site you participate. While you want to give friends enough information, make sure it is not too much that people you do not know can use it against you.

Contact American United as soon as possible at 801.359.9600, if you feel you are victim of identity theft. In the meantime, we will continue to do everything to ensure our members are protected. As an additional benefit to our members, we have negotiated a better rate to protect your identity through IdentitySecure®. The first month is free, while all other months are $14.95 per month. More information can be found on our website: Member Services

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