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Dear PoPville – How to be on the look out for identity theft?

by Prince Of Petworth August 8, 2011 at 2:30 pm 26 Comments

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“Dear PoPville,

Last Thursday, someone broke into my boyfriend’s apartment and made off with my laptop. Luckily, I have renter’s insurance and had just backed up my computer, so I will be able to replace the computer with little out of pocket pain and didn’t lose any of my data. And I already changed all my passwords, from online banking to gmail. However, my tax returns (complete with SSN) from the past several years are on the stolen computer and that’s why I’m asking for help.

Can you/lovely readers recommend anything I can do to be proactive about making sure no one is doing anything fishy with my social security number? I pulled my credit report right after it happened, so I have a snapshot of what my credit history looks like before any funny business happens but was hoping for some other proactive ways I could make sure I’ll be tipped off if anyone tries any funny business.

And yes, I’ll be sure to make those individual tax return documents password protected in the future.


Anyone ever use a monitoring service?


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