While you can’t eliminate the risk of being a victim of a cybercrime, you can control how you react if your identity, accounts, devices or information is compromised. Responding quickly and comprehensively limits the damage from being hacked, facilitates a rapid recovery and provides you with some needed peace of mind.
So, let’s look at common cyber attack scenarios and the steps you should immediately take afterward.
Scenario: After filing your taxes, you get a notice from the Internal Revenue Service stating your return was rejected because a return was already filed using your Social Security Number (SSN). This is a classic case of identity theft. What are your next steps?
- Report the SSN theft at IdentityTheft.gov and file a local police report.
- Freeze your credit at all major credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion) to prevent fraudsters from establishing new lines of credit with your…