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Steven Domenikos shares his Top 10 Tips for Avoiding Identity Theft in 2010

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Steven Domenikos is CEO and Founder of IdentityTruth, the leading provider of a new brand of service to help consumers safeguard their privacy and identity. Steven has authored a number of tips for helping consumers avoid becoming victims of identity theft - from tips for new homeowners and brides to be, to students entering college and families taking vacation. He is an authority on how online interactions such as banking, shopping, filing taxes and even using social networking sites can increase an individual's risk, and would be a fantastic resource to your readers...


WHEN SHOPPING: Be careful when using ATMs: only use ATMs with monitoring cameras, such as those in bank lobbies. Avoid kiosk ATMs, those freestanding units often do not have cameras and are statistically more likely to be infected by skimmers (electronic devices that allow thieves to record account and PIN numbers). "Shoulder Surfing" can also be a problem at crowded stores, so don't be afraid to question someone that is standing too close. When making purchases online, look for a familiar logo that indicates that the site is deemed secure.


WHEN FILING TAXES: Check with the Better Business Bureau to determine the creditability of your tax preparer before you entrust them with access to your personal information. Beware of calls "from" the IRS: if you receive a phone call from the IRS asking for personal information, hang up, because it's a scam. Also, the IRS does NOT email taxpayers: if you receive emails pretending to be from the IRS asking for your personal information, this is also a scam. Don't use online filing programs (make sure the tax filing software resides on your desktop) - online filing programs are easily penetrated by identity thieves, and sensitive information could end up on countless other servers. And finally, protect your desktop...