User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


26° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.
 Winter Storm for January 31-February 1, 2015

Snow Outlook

Severe Weather

State Radar


Click here for local closings & delays

Send photos to ushare@keloland.com

Storm Center Update

 

News

[0] My Saved Articles
Back to all news

Business

Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Protect Your Identity Week

October 25, 2012, 9:50 PM by Angela Kennecke

Protect Your Identity Week
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

If you haven't been a victim of identity theft, chances are good it will happen to you at some point.
Nine million Americans are victims every year.  

But there are steps you can take to prevent it from happening to you during Protect Your Identity week in Sioux Falls. 

Whether it's from dumpster diving, phishing, skimming or an old-fashioned phone call designed to get your personal information, identity thieves are out to steal from you.  But there are definite steps you can take to keep your identity secure.   

Most folks know better than to give out their personal information over the phone and you probably know to use secure websites when putting in a credit card number.  But as part of Protect Your Identity week, Consumer Credit Counseling wants you to do even more.

"It's often considered a silent crime; we don't catch it until months or years later," Marley Prunty-Lara of Consumer Credit Counseling said.

The first thing you can do is check your credit report for signs that your credit is being misused. 

"You shouldn't pay for your credit report.  It's free. The government has enacted laws for you; even though it's very catchy and we see those jingles on TV, that's something you shouldn't pay for," Prunty-Lara said.

You can get your free copy at annual credit report.com

"Take an hour every four months and make sure that information is accurate," Prunty-Lara said.

If you're not going to be opening new lines of credit or taking out a loan anytime soon, you may want to consider freezing your credit.  In South Dakota, it costs $10 per credit bureau to place a freeze, but it lasts for seven years and no one can open up credit accounts in your name.

Finally, don't take chances with documents that contain account and personal information by throwing them in the trash.  Use a shredder or take it someplace to be shredded for you. 

"It's not just bank statements, credit card statements.  But there's a lot with medical ID theft.  Just looking at anything that has an account number that can be liked to you," Prunty-Lara said.

You can bring up to five boxes to Consumer Credit Counseling's shred event on Saturday.  It runs from 10 a.m. - noon at Active Generations. 

Find more information on protecting your identity online.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments





Sponsored
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View business

You may also like

Website Ranks The 25 Best Jobs For 2015

1/28/2015 5:12 AM

Physician assistants topped the list, which has an average base salary of $111,376.

Full Story
Refinery Issues Lead To Higher SD Gas Prices

1/27/2015 11:10 AM

For the first time in months, South Dakota's average gas price rose last week.  According to a AAA report, the increase is due to a series of...

Full Story
Proposed Egg Farm Drawing Complaints In Turner County

1/27/2015 7:30 AM

A Sioux Falls-based company hopes to more than double the number of egg-laying hens in South Dakota by opening a large chicken operation near Parker.

Full Story
Automakers Recall More Than 2M Vehicles For Faulty Air Bags

1/31/2015 11:43 AM

More than 2 million Toyota, Chrysler and Honda vehicles are being recalled for a second fix for faulty air bags that may inadvertently inflate while t...

Full Story
Five Ways Unmanned Drones Could Affect The American Food Supply

1/25/2015 5:38 PM

Herding cattle. Counting fish. Taking an animal's temperature. Applying pesticides.

Full Story


Events