Information up-to-date as of April 24, 2019.
When it comes to assessing your risk of identity theft and fraud, being digitally compromised in a major, headline-news-style data breach is not your only threat.
Media stories focus on huge data breaches such as the Equifax data loss in 2017 which compromised more than 140 million Americans’ personal data. In fact, data theft reached record levels in 2017, with over 1,500 reported incidents of hacking that exposed around 180 million records.
Several weeks ago, we began getting calls from a few clients asking us whether specific versions of MasterCard payment cards had omitted the use of the UV security feature on their card-stock. After receiving maybe half a dozen of these calls, we began trying to learn more about this.
A criminal that has your information can take over your life in a variety of different ways: he could take out a loan in your name, he could empty your bank account, or he could even rent a car and simply not return it, leaving you with the bill. The possible uses of a stolen identity are varied and numerous to the savvy thief, but before he can truly put the stolen identity to use, he’ll need to have a physical identification card ready in order to ‘prove’ his identity whenever it is questioned. And thanks to the REAL ID Act, ‘proving’ his identity may have gotten a bit easier…