The need to protect yourself from identity thieves has been on the rise in the past few years. Now, with the way technology is, we may need to do an even better job.
Over the past few weeks, we have heard of the most recent string of identity theft to hit our area from an employee at Citibank.
This realization has brought up many questions about the way we do our banking.
Whether it’s shopping, groceries or even gas, many of us are quick to swipe our cards. A local credit counselor says it’s not always big charges you will see from identity thieves but smaller ones that you may not notice as quickly.
That’s why counselors will tell you to live by one rule of thumb.
“Check your statements. You may see a place you recognize but it may not be something you charged. So, just remember to check your statements,” credit counselor Jesse Hall said.
Cell phone apps are making these things a little easier. However there are still a few things you will want to watch out when using an app.
Hall warns that those handy apps can also be a problem when it comes to tracking your charges.
“It doesn’t have as much detail on there and people aren’t really looking for the detail quite as much,” Hall said.