Denver, CO (PRWEB) May 23, 2006
Veterans should not waste their time blaming anyone for the recent loss of data. A commission will be organized to investigate the stolen data. Rather, Veterans should immediately take several steps to protect their identities from further risk.
According to John Sileo, author of “Stolen Lives: Identity Theft Prevention Made Simple,” victims of the theft have no time to waste. They should immediately take the following three steps:
First, they should contact the three credit bureaus and request that a fraud alert be put on their account. Equifax can be reached at 800-525-6285, Experian at 888- 397-3742 and Trans Union at 800-680-7289. Victims should contact all three bureaus and not heed the advice of anyone suggesting that they only need to contact one of the three bureaus. In the time it takes to communicate fraud between the credit bureaus, it could already be too late.
Second, all veterans should request a free copy of their credit report from http://www.AnnualCreditReport.com. Every American is entitled to one free report from each of the three major credit bureaus. Sileo suggests that you order your first free report immediately to check for instances of fraud and order additional reports every couple of months to verify that your credit is in tact.
Finally, Sileo recommends that you monitor all credit card, bank, brokerage and credit union accounts as closely as possible. Monitoring these accounts online will drastically reduce the amount of time it takes to detect any sort of fraud. If you are unable to monitor online, call your institution daily in the coming weeks while the risk of fraud is the highest. The earlier you catch any instance of identity theft, the easier and less expensive it is to recover.
For additional information on protecting yourself, your family or your business against identity theft and data loss, please contact John Sileo or visit http://www.ThinkLikeASpy.com. John consults to individuals, corporations, organizations and governmental institutions on issues of identity theft. He offers a free white-paper on protecting your identity during a disaster at http://www.ThinkLikeASpy.com.
John Sileo is not only an identity theft author and keynote speaker, he is a two-time victim of identity theft. The second case of identity theft was committed by someone he knew and nearly led to his conviction of $300,000 worth of crimes that he did not commit. John responded to his two-year battle with identity theft by writing a book and traveling around the country to educate individuals and businesses on how to stop America’s fastest growing crime.
John Sileo, president