Scammers Now Using Names to Target People

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RENO, NV - Our names are out there for prying eyes in a number of places so it's good to take preventative measures to limit your exposure. Here are a few ways people can use your name in a scam and things you should be aware of so you can protect yourself from theft.

Try not to share too many details about your personal life on social media. Scammers can use this information to figure out when you're away on vacation or if you're likely to help out a family member or friend in need. According to the Huffington Post, they will then try calling you in the middle of the night when you're not thinking as clearly and pose as someone you know that's in trouble and needs money wired to them.

You also want to avoid leaving junk mail out in plain sight, for example, the lobby of your apartment building. By doing this, you are allowing someone to find out where you live, which can give them access to other mail such as packages.

Another place scammers can get to you is at the box office. Again, if you're sharing on social media what concert or sporting event you're attending someone knows your name and can use that to swipe your tickets at will call and sell them for a profit. Not all places check ID when you go to pick up tickets, so a better option would be to print them or have them sent digitally to your phone.

If you don't want a scammer getting a hold of your identity make sure to tighten up your privacy settings on social media, and check your bank account and credit card activity as much as possible for any kind of fraudulent activity. There are also services out there that you can enroll in at your bank or work which constantly scan for fraud and offer identity theft resolution.