PCS Move to San Antonio – Beware of Identity Theft
When it comes to identity theft, anyone can be a victim. But military members are actually more at risk mainly because their personal information is more often distributed than civilians especially after a PCS move.
Every time a military member or family makes a PCS move to San Antonio or anywhere, they will most likely have to create new accounts which involve filling out forms and paperwork.
Medical practitioners, hospitals, labs, etc. require new patients to fill out registration forms with personal details such as their birthdate, contact number, SS number, and driver’s license number. What this means is each time you make a PCS move, you leave a trail of identifying and personal information throughout the country, or even the throughout the world.
You must know the signs that you are becoming a victim of identity theft so you could make the necessary steps to stop it right away. Take note of the following signs of identity theft after your PCS move to San Antonio:
1. Receiving bills for accounts that you never opened
2. Unauthorized charges on your credit card
3. Letters of denial from credit companies that you never applied for credit from
4. Not receiving your bills or bank statements in the mail.
5. Calls or mail from collection agencies or companies about purchases that you never made
6. When using your credit card that is still in good standing, you get a denied authorization
One way to avoid credit theft, aside from knowing the warning signs, is to review your credit report at least once a year. The three major credit bureaus are required by law to supply one free credit report to you annually. However, these reports are not automatically sent or emailed. You have to request the free credit report yourself.
To request for your credit report, you may visit he official centralized website of Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion: AnnualCreditReport.com or call 1-877-322-8228.
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