Identity theft and scams against boomers, retirees and older Americans are much more common than against younger Americans. To protect yourself against having new charge accounts and credit opened in your name place a credit freeze on your account with the 3 credit bureaus if you are not planning to open new charge accounts yourself.
Equifax: 1-800-525-6285; www.equifax.com
Experian: 1-888-EXPERIAN (397-3742); www.experian.com
TransUnion: 1-800-680-7289; www.transunion.com
According to a recent survey by the Investor Protection Trust one out of every 5 Americans over the age of 65 has been the victim of a financial scam. When you include boomers this percentage is even higher. Remember the old adage if it sounds too good to be true it probably is.
These pages provide information on protecting yourself against scams and identity theft. We list the most common ways thieves and scammers attempt to separate you from your money.
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