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Identity Theft May Lead to an Account Takeover

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What is an
Account Takeover?

An account takeover is a situation where identity thieves, posing as you, take over the control of one or some of your personal accounts including any financial, medical, Internet, credit, and other types of accounts. They can achieve that by stealing and misusing your personally identifiable information such as your full name, contact, address, SSN, DOB, phone, email, and many other forms of personally identifiable data and details.

What is an Account Takeover?
Bank & Financial Accounts

Bank & Financial Accounts

One of the most important type of accounts you should protect from being takeover is your bank or financial accounts. Identity thieves will try to steal or hack your personal information and personal details such as your full name, phone number, email address, usernames, user IDS, SSN, your passwords, driver's license and other identifications to try and use that information to take control of your bank and other accounts.

Personal Email Accounts

Personal Email Accounts

Your personal email account takeover could happen when identity thieves phish or hack your account with information they would steal from you, or information that was leaked, whether on purpose or accidentally, during one of the data breaches experienced by your email provider. Since your personal email account would contain many types of personally identifiable information and details, it is very important to check your personal email account for any past breaches and exposures to make sure you are still in control.

Phone Accounts

Phone Accounts

A phone account takeover could happen when identity thieves breach your account information and steal your personal details to open a new or to take over an existing phone account in order to commit further fraud. Since a phone number is a type of a personally identifiable information, the identity thieves could use that information to try and open several scam accounts associated with your identity to gain financial or other advantages.

Phished Identity, Profiles, & Passwords

Phished Identity, Profiles, & Passwords

Accounts takeovers happen when your identity details are phished or obtained in other fraudulent ways. Many scam and fraudulent websites and services will pose as real to try to steal or phish your personally identifiable information and details for the reasons of identity theft or a financial scam. Any time you submit or fill out a form your personal information could be intercepted if you are not careful and using a service you do not know or familiar with. Some of the phished details could include your name, address, contact information, and any other account details that you have provided.

Breached Identity Information

Breached Identity Information

Breached accounts may lead to account takeovers. Identity thieves always try to steal your personal information from public records by doing an account breach, where they hack the system and breach the secure databases to collect your personal details. Some of the types of breached account information may include an exposed personal profile with your full name, address, and contact information, as well as all your phone and email records, account registration records, and any personal information that you have provided before the breach occurred.

Credit Card Accounts

Credit Card Accounts

The easiest target for the identity thieves who have a hold of your private or personally identifiable information are the credit card accounts, since it is easier for the thieves to gain financial advantage with no repercussions and cover their tracks before anyone notices anything suspicious and remedies the situation. We strongly recommend that you scan your personal information for any breaches and exposures to make sure you are in control of your data and know what is available about you online.

IRS & Social Security Fraud

IRS & Social Security Fraud

In order to gain access to your social security savings or IRS refunds, identity thieves would use your SSN or other types of important personally identifiable information. They would try to abuse your personal information by fraudulently trying to receive an IRS refund that is due to you or your Social Security savings and retirement accounts. In order to be aware if there is anything suspicious going on with your identity and personal profile, we strongly recommend that you scan your information, check all your available credit reports form credit reporting agencies, and see how accurate and how much of your personal information is exposed.

Leaked & Hacked Account Details

Leaked & Hacked Account Details

It is very important to make sure that the information and public records that appear on your name online are accurate and contain no errors. If the information or records are inaccurate, have errors, or is incomplete, your identity may be at risk. many times the errors will propagate throughout the Internet and you will end up with wrong information and details being attributed to your identity profile. To make sure this does not happen we strongly recommend that you check your public records for any inaccuracies or errors.

How Can I Protect Myself From an Account Takeover?

Personal Accounts Protection Personal Accounts Protection

Protect your personal accounts from being taken over and your records from being leaked from your breached or hacked personal accounts. You can run one of our free scans to instantly verify if any of your personal information had been breached, leaked, or exposed and is available for other people to view, including potential identity thieves. Enroll in our identity theft monitoring and protection service to keep an eye on your public records and keep your identity safe.

Secure Web Browsing Secure Web Browsing

Account takeovers rarely happen if you are careful online and browse only services and websites that you trust. Make sure you are using the Internet in a safe way by only providing your personal information to accredited businesses and services that are verifiable and trustworthy to help prevent identity theft. Always make sure that you are on a secure and safe website and are using familiar services and that any information that you provide does not include your social security or date of birth to keep identity thieves and potential identity theft incidents away.

Identity Profile & Account Monitoring Identity Profile & Account Monitoring

It is up to you to make sure that information that is publicly available about you is correct, complete, and current. Keeping an eye on that information is part of identity theft protection and your public profile security. Keep your public records information secure by being in control of what is available about you one the Internet and being aware of the personal details that it provides about you to other people including potential identity thieves.

Exposed Records Monitoring Exposed Records Monitoring

Run one of our free scans to check and verify your public identity and your public records. We will be able to instantly let you know what type and how many of your public records are available online and are potentially exposed for others to see. We look for any combinations of your personally identifiable information and details such as your name, address, dob, and other data to show you how much of your profile is currently exposed.

Check Your Public Records & Profile Check Your Public Records & Profile

You can signup with our identity protection service and we will monitor your public records and alert you if any new records are being posted or if we detect any changes to your existing public records. This will also help you keep an eye on what type of public records are available about you out on the Internet and you will be able to monitor that information with our service. It is very important that you monitor your public records because that may help prevent you being a victim of identity theft.

Use Our Free Scans Use Our Free Scans

We strongly recommend that you check public records sources by running one of our free scans, to see how much information from your public records is exposed to others. We will show you the information that is associated with your profile and you will be able to verify the accuracy and content of the information. In an event that any new public record is posted or if we detect a change in existing information, you will get an alert and will be able to see what has changed or what had been added to your identity profile.

Popular Questions About Account Takeovers

What are account takeovers?

Account takeovers are situations where identity thieves take control of some of your personal account using stolen, hacked, breached, or exposed personal information about you. Account takeovers may lead to financial loss and other identity problems, and we strongly recommend that you regularly scan your information for breaches and exposures.

Can all account takeovers be prevented?

No service can protect from all financial scams, identity theft, and account takeovers, however you will have an upper hand in dealing with the situation by having your personal data be monitored with an identity protection service to make sure you are notified in case something suspicious is discovered about your profile or information.

What type of records are needed to take over an account?

Usually identity thieves would only need a few pieces of important personally identifiable information about you to perform an accent takeover such as your date of birth, your full name and address, your email or phone accounts, your SSN or other critical information that they would need to pose as you to try to open, modify, take over, or benefit from your accounts in any other way.

How can I find out if my account was taken over?

We recommend that you run one of our free scans to try to see what type of information is breached or exposed about you. Make sure to check your credit score and your latest credit reports to verify that no additional accounts were open in your name and that you do not have any recent credit inquiries from places that you do not recognize or did not authorize to perform such an inquiry.

What to do if my account was taken over?

Immediately notify the account issuer and let them know you are no longer in control of your account. Put an account activity freeze or hold on your account to prevent any more unauthorized activity. Also notify authorities if you suspect you may be experiencing an account breach and you are in danger of financial loss.

Can you help monitor for an account takeover?

We do not specifically monitor for account takeovers but we do provide you with monitoring service that will check if any of your personal information was involved in a breach or is considered exposed, so you can check and verify that all the details are correct and that no suspicious activity in regards to you r accounts is taking place.

Can exposure of my personal details lead to account takeover?

Yes, exposed personal details such as name, DOB, phone number, email account, username, user ID, social media profiles, relatives, associates, employment, education, and other types of personally identifiable data may lead in some instances to an account takeover.

Can credit monitoring help prevent an account takeover?

No monitoring service can help prevent all account takeovers but credit monitoring will give you an upper hand in terms of checking, verifying, and identifying what types of your personal information could be compromised by looking at recent accounts and inquiries, and monitoring any changes to your credit score or available credit lines.

Is account takeover a serious problem?

Yes, any personal account takeovers are very serious. The identity thieves would try to use that information and accounts to try to scam and enrich themselves by fraudulently opening, modifying, or transacting within stolen or breached accounts fro the purposes of a financial gain or monetary profits.

What types of accounts can be a target for a takeover?

Many types of personal accounts that contain private information about you could be subject to attempted takeovers by identity thieves, such as accounts that use or are connected to your full name and location, phone accounts, email address accounts, usernames and user Ids, accounts that use your SSN, accounts that have their passwords stolen, and many other compromised identity incidents.