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Identity Theft and the Elderly

In the past few years Identity Theft in the United States has increased dramatically. The American Bankers Association estimates that businesses have lost approximately $15 to $18 billion annually from identity theft among all age groups, and the elderly are some of the hardest hit. According to the Federal Trade Commission, elderly victims of identity theft increased by 200% between 2000 to 2001. The elderly are being targeted with greater frequency, because they often have more money and more established credit files. Presently, 10% of all identity theft victims are age 60 or older, and credit card fraud is the number one form of identity theft among seniors. Considering these alarming numbers, it is important to know how to prevent identity theft from happening to you:
  • Photocopy the contents of your wallet, so you know what accounts to cancel if your wallet or purse is ever stolen.
  • Don’t carry your social security card around; leave it in a secure place at home.
  • Check your credit report at least once a year for incorrect information and signs of fraudulent activity.
  • Check your bank and credit card statements carefully for charges that you did not make. Contact your creditors for any charges you don’t recognize.
  • Dispose of receipts and other personal documents (like credit card bills and bank statements) by shredding them.
  • Deposit outgoing mail containing your personal information in a secure post office drop box, or take it directly to the post office.
  • Shred unsolicited or unwanted credit card offers.
  • Beware of scamming. Never give out your personal information unless you initiate the transaction, especially on the telephone or over the Internet.

If you are the victim of identity theft, follow the FTC’s recommendations for disputing and removing fraudulent information from your credit report.

  • First, file a police report with your local police. This may be needed to prove your identity fraud case to creditors
  • Call the three national credit bureaus to have identity fraud alerts placed on your credit report.
    • Equifax 800-685-1111
    • Experian 888-397-3742
    • Trans Union 800-888-4213
  • The credit bureaus will provide free copies of your credit report. Review them to make sure there aren’t any fraudulent accounts open, and that your data is being reported accurately.
  • Contact your creditors to close fraudulent accounts and/or accounts that have been tampered with.
  • For fraudulent accounts, speak with a representative from the creditor’s fraud department. Explain the situation, then follow up your conversation in writing.
  • Ask your creditors for copies of fraudulent applications and transaction records made in your name that are related to your identity theft.
  • File a complaint with the FTC. They maintain a database of cases that law enforcement agencies utilize for investigations. Follow this link:


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