Votre guide sur lusurpation didentité

Votre guide sur l'usurpation d'identité

Qu'est-ce que l'usurpation d'identité ?

L'usurpation d'identité désigne le vol de vos informations personnelles par un individu qui les utilise ensuite pour ouvrir des comptes et effectuer des transactions non autorisées en votre nom.

Le rétablissement de votre réputation financière peut s'avérer difficile et long : la prévention est donc votre meilleure protection.

Eviter l'usurpation d'identité

Your credit cards, social security card number, and bank account numbers can prove to be a lot more valuable than your money. So you need to protect them with all you've got.

5 Keys to Preventing Identity Theft

1. Safeguard your information, both online and offline

Create secure passwords

Keeping your password safe is the most powerful deterrent to identity theft. Mix upper and lowercase letters with symbols, and create unique passwords for each of your accounts.

Shred important documents

A recent study suggests that identity thieves rummaging through your trash or breaking into your mailbox may pose an even greater threat than online theft.

Carry only what you need

It's been estimated that 14% of all identity theft results from stolen wallets, checkbooks, and credit cards. That's a pretty good reason to leave your social security card and seldom-used credit cards at home in a safe place.

2. If someone calls you or sends you an email requesting sensitive information, DO NOT give it to them

Watch out for phishing

Fake "phishing" emails appear to be from legitimate companies, but they're actually sent by would-be identity thieves. They'll warn you of account problems or other urgent issues in an attempt to trick you into giving up your personal information.

Recognize spoof websites

These are fake websites that mimic well-known companies' sites. They go hand in hand with phishing emails, and they attempt to solicit your user name and password or other account information.

Determine whether a PayPal email is genuine

PayPal will never request your password or financial information in an email, or ask you to download attachments or software. Only share your account information once you've logged in to https://www.paypal.com directly from your browser.

Hold the phone

Beware of unsolicited phone callers claiming to be from customer service centers who request your sensitive personal information. Simply hang up and call the number on the company's real website if you want to be absolutely sure.

3. Use secure methods of payment whenever possible

Bad checks

When handled with care, checks can be perfectly safe. However, it's worth keeping in mind that when you hand a stranger a check, you're also giving them your bank name, account number, address, and signature.

Online payments are safer

When using online payment systems like PayPal, your transaction is as secure as it can be. Another important benefit is that the merchant you're buying from will never see your credit card or bank account numbers.

4. Keep your computer protected

Update your browser and security programs

Install your operating system's security patches when they become available, and be sure you're running the latest browser. Make sure your anti-phishing and anti-virus filters are enabled, and consider setting up a firewall to prevent anyone from hacking into your network or computer.

5. Always be vigilant

Report any suspicious activity immediately

Immediately report anything out of the ordinary-from phishing to fake websites to unauthorized account activity. According to the Federal Trade Commission, you're less likely to be seriously impacted by identity theft if you discover and report the incident within six months of its occurrence.

Monitor your accounts frequently

Log in to your PayPal account and check your credit card and bank accounts on a regular basis to look for unfamiliar transactions. That way you'll know if something's going on before it's too late.

Fighting Identity Theft

If you suspect that someone has stolen your personal information, it's critical to act as quickly as possible to minimize potential harm to your financial reputation.

Here's what you need to do:

1. Contact Your Financial Institutions Immediately
Call PayPal

We're here to help, day and night. If you suspect your PayPal account has been compromised, contact us immediately.

Call your banks and credit card companies

Ask for the fraud departments, explain your situation, and ask them what they can do to help.

Fill out an affidavit

Before contacting your financial institutions, fill out an identity theft affidavit prepared by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. This will help you deal with any questions from your banks and credit card companies.

Know your rights

The Federal Trade Commission offers a summary of your rights in the United States, so check it out.

2. Report It to Law Enforcement

File a crime report

Call your local police and file a report right away. This will help your credibility when you're speaking with the banks and credit card companies. In some cases, you may have to file a report in the jurisdiction where the crime occurred.

3. Place a Fraud Alert on Your Credit

Contact the three major credit bureaus

With a fraud alert on your credit, banks and credit card companies will have to contact you before opening any new accounts in your name.

Equifax: 1-800-525-6285; www.equifax.com; P.O. Box 740241, Atlanta, GA 30374-0241

Experian: 1-888-EXPERIAN (397-3742); www.experian.com; P.O. Box 2002, Allen, TX 75013

TransUnion: 1-800-680-7289; www.transunion.com; Fraud Victim Assistance Division, P.O. Box 6790, Fullerton, CA 92834-6790

Not based in the US?

Contact your bank or credit card company to find the appropriate agencies to work with.

4. Never let your guard down
Prevent a repeat offense

Identity theft can strike twice-victims have to be even more careful once an incident has occurred.

Be more careful than you used to be

It's critical that you check your account activity and balances regularly after an identity theft has occurred. You should also order a credit report every now and then to make sure nothing's out of order. You can get one free credit report per year from http://www.annualcreditreport.com.

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