Car Accidents Sometimes Staged by Identity Thieves

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RoadFish.com men’s lifestyle and finance magazine comments about the dangers of handing out too much personal information after you’ve been involved in a car accident.

RoadFish.com men’s lifestyle and finance magazine today issued their warning about giving out information such as address, phone number, and insurance information after having been in a car accident and their take on this may help drivers avoid brushes with identity theft in the future.

Michelle Singletary of the Washington Post recently reported that many people are quick to supply personal details such as their home address, phone number, and other contact information as well as details about their insurance after having been in a car accident. The article warns however that this amount of information may be enough for thieves to steal one’s identity. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) reportedly recommends giving only one’s first and last name, and the name and phone number of their insurance provider. The association heeds against ever handing out personal information such as a home address or a driver’s license number.

RoadFish.com likewise cautioned motorists to be on their guard, claiming that identity thieves have gotten very adept at doing just that—stealing others’ personal information to use for their own personal gain. RoadFish.com’s Senior staff writer is quoted as saying, “It is shocking to me what a popular crime identity theft is. It’s actually one of the fastest growing crimes in this country, and as technology advances, so do identity thieves. They can obtain information through hacking computers, stealing phones, or by simply getting into a little fender-bender with another driver. You’d be surprised at the means people employ to gain access to your credit cards, insurance, credit reports, and so forth. You can never be too careful, and I’d advise readers to just be ever on guard.”

According to the above-mentioned article, there are over 5 million automobile accidents every year (a statistic supplied by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.) The article goes on to report that there is a good chance that some accidents are even caused with the intention of acquiring another motorist’s personal information to then use wrongly. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners President, Kevin McCarty, is quoted as saying, “It’s very chaotic and intense after an accident, and as a result, most people have a tendency to give out more information than they should. Certainly, staged accidents are a very common way to defraud consumers and insurance companies. You have to be careful by only sharing information that is vital to complete the accident report.”

RoadFish.com pointed out that having one’s identity stolen can oftentimes blindside people, but that’s all the more reason to be cautious. RoadFish.com’s Senior staff writer is quoted as saying, “We actually had a member of our staff who’s credit card numbers were stolen—not the actual card, just the numbers—and used to make fraudulent purchases from hundreds of miles away. It’s shocking to people how others get their hands on personal information, but there are precautions you can take to lessen the chance. Shred everything with your bank account number that you don’t plan on keeping. Never give out your credit card or bank account number unless you’re making a payment, and if you’re doing it online verify that it’s a valid website. And check your credit reports frequently, to make sure everything is on the up-and-up.”

According to their website, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners is composed of the top insurance regulators from each of the 50 states, and strives to establish high standards and ensure that the proper standards are set and carried out. The members who make up the NAIC are state government officials who have either been appointed or elected into office, and collectively the members aim to serve the public interest and offer regulatory support from state to state.

RoadFish.com men’s lifestyle and finance magazine today commented on the National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ warning to motorists not to hand out too much personal information after a car accident. RoadFish.com provided commentary and other advice to avoid giving away details that could be used by identity thieves.

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RoadFish.com is a trendy online men's magazine that covers all manner of subject matter, from lifestyle, to finance, to travel and tourism and current events. RoadFish.com readers are typically men in their 30's and 40's who have typically already achieved a good deal of success in life. Many readers have their sights set on a bigger personal or professional goal. RoadFish.com men’s lifestyle and finance magazine includes articles about men's luxury items, men’s fashion, hot chicks, food and hotel reviews, and finance and debt advice. It is owned and operated by Purpose Inc.

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