Editor's Note: Eva Velasquez, President and CEO of the Identity Theft Resource Center, shares tips for helping loved ones protect themselves from identity theft.
There's a movement sweeping the country, one that has grown year after year until it's become a part of our culture. The concept of "random acts of kindness" evolved from a nice idea to a full-fledged campaign to make the world a better place through everyday actions and behaviors.
The theme of this year's Random Acts of Kindness Week is "Kindness Starts with One," and asks you to envision that one person who inspires you to be the best person you can be.
The Identity Theft Resource Center wants to carry the ‘Who's Your One' message further by asking: How could sharing a tip help one person from falling victim to an identity thief?
Assuming you're keeping up your own healthy identity protection habits, you can help others with the knowledge as well. It starts with a few helpful suggestions for protecting your data and goes on to steer others to resources where they can learn what they need to do to be safer digital citizens.
Share these three simple tips as your Random Act of Kindness this week (and throughout the year):
1. Spread the News
With new record-breaking data breaches, scams, and cybersecurity updates, now more than ever is our time to be vigilant about protecting our personally identifiable information. Raise awareness by sharing the news on social media and suggest others to check their credit reports in order to spot suspicious activity and stop identity theft in its tracks.
2. Spot a Scam
Have you seen a friend post about a "giveaway" online but suspected it was a fake? Show them how to verify its legitimacy by looking at the source: if it's not a trustworthy name or there's a strange looking email associated with the contest, there's a good chance you're falling into a scammer's trap. If a well-known company is mentioned, you can also go directly to their main site to search for information about the offer.
3. Share Free Resources
For most identity theft victims, individuals experience not only a financial loss but the emotional toll of dealing with this crime can be devastating. Help a friend who may have had their information exposed by giving them the tips to recover, such as contacting the company where the fraud occurred immediately and filing an identity theft report with the FTC.
When you to take just a few minutes of your time to help someone understand their privacy a little better, you're helping them take their information into their own hands.
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