Military identity theft – in which the scum of the earth (read: identity thieves) steal the identities, life savings and futures of our brave soldiers in uniform – has been a big topic recently at IdentityTheft911.com.
Since our private information is saved on databases around the globe, and flies nonstop across the Internet, military identity theft can happen anywhere, to any sergeant or general.
But some soldiers are especially at risk. We know from the Federal Trade Commission that identity thieves target soldiers overseas, especially those serving in war zones, on the presumption that people who are busy defending themselves in war may not be spending much time defending their checking accounts from fraud.
We also know that the areas around U.S. military bases are especially dangerous. Businesses that offer instant credit, especially used car dealerships and rent-to-own stores, may be especially fertile breeding grounds for identity thieves.
What can we do to prevent this crime? If you’re not a soldier or the relative of one, consider these steps:
To learn more about military identity theft and how to fight it, check out Identity Theft 911′s October newsletter.
Originally posted at Credit.com.