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Mark Your Calendars for Protect Your Identity Week

October 23, 2009
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Identity theft is not rampant just in America. It is growing rapidly in other parts of the globe as well, affecting hundreds of credit users each day. More sophisticated technology and more reliable security systems have been developed, making it harder for identity thieves to steal the identities of victims. However, thieves have also become more creative in their attempts to access the personal information of victims, thereby using this to open loan and credit accounts. Identity theft is a very serious crime and should be treated with more vigilance than credit account theft. When a credit card is stolen, all the victim has to do is shut it down to prevent further abuse. But when a victim's identity is stolen, the thief can use the identity to open all sorts of accounts, which translates to violation of huge proportions.

It is because of this that the Council of Better Business Bureaus and the National Foundation of Credit Counseling decided to partner up in an effort to make credit users more aware of their being at risk of identity theft. This way, credit users will be taught how to become more responsible so that they can protect their identities more effectively. These national organizations are holding a week-long celebration, dubbed as Protect Your Identity Week, which will start October 17th and last through October 24th. This week-long event will showcase activities and events that aim towards educating credit card users about the risks entailed in using checks, in swiping and using debit and credit cards, as well as in conducting financial activities over the internet. Through this activity, the Council of Better Business Bureaus and the National Foundation of Credit Counseling hope to empower credit card users. In turn, credit card users will learn to take proactive measures to ensure that their identities and their credit card accounts will not be stolen by these thieves and infiltrators.

For those who are interested to find out more information about this week-long celebration, drop by the official website of the event at ProtectYourIDNow.org. The website showcases a lot of features that serve as a preliminary event to the main event itself. On the website, you can take a quiz that will help determine your at-risk factors towards identity and credit card theft. This is extremely handy since credit users have varying spending habits, which greatly influence the risk factors of identity theft. The website also features tips and techniques on how you can protect your identity and avoid falling victim to these thieves and infiltrators.

The website offers just the basics towards identity theft protection. For more in-depth information, take part in the upcoming week-long celebration, Protect Your Identity Week.

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  • Larry
    With the Virgin / Barclaycard signature offer, there seems to be some consumer deception or maybe even outright fraud goin on.   I decided to jump on this offer..  read all the info on it..  was approved for their platinum card, paid the fee, then was only awarded 10,000 points instead of the advertised 20,000.   When i inquired about the less than advertised bonus points, Barclaycard claims only Signiture Visa cardmembers get the 20,000..  as a platinum cardholder, you don't qualify for that level of bonus, so you get 10k instead.   Well, in their current ongoing promotions, it states plain as day that....    Applicants approved for the Visa Signature or Platinum Card with $49 annual fee will receive 20,000 Bonus Points awarded to your Virgin America Rewards Account at the close of the first billing statement in which you make your first purchase or balance transfer (that is not returned or rescinded) and have paid the Annual Fee on the account (and such fee is not rescinded). They don't mention anything about a separate program for platinum cardholders..  However, trying to get someone to resolve this issue with either Virgin or Barclaycard seems to be rather impossible.. Seems to me they're simply drawing people in with the fraudulent offer, then simply saying, oh, we're sorry you don't qualify..  but thanks for signing up for our garbage credit card with insane fees..   
  • CreditLandCom
    Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We have reviewed this offer and you are correct, nowhere it is mentioned that 20,000 Bonus can become a 10,000 Bonus all of a sudden... We will mention this in our review of this card so others can make an informed decision. Another way to get Virgin miles is to get an American Express charge card: The Business Gold Rewards Card® now offers 50,000 Miles, though you do have to spend $5,000 in the first three months of card membership to get it. It also has $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $175. http://www.credit-land.com/details/the-business-gold-rewards-card-from-american-express-open.php Premier Rewards Gold Card now offers 25,000 Miles, though you do have to spend $2,000 during your first three months of Card membership. It also has annual fee of $0 for the first year, then $175. http://www.credit-land.com/details/american-express-premier-rewards-gold-card.php While we do not know If any of these offers make sense to you, we are at least sure that you will get advertised bonus in full if you decide to get them... Conversion rates for Virgin America are: 100 Elevate Points = 200 Membership Rewards® Points All the best.
  • Deborah Ellsworth
     would very much like to start a new credit history  by making payments on time I would tohave a credit card that is NOT PREPAYID! I don't need a card with a high limit just something to start a new credit history. Thank You Deborah Ellsworth
  • Deborah Ellsworth
    I would very much like to start a new credit line to get back on track. I DO NOT WANT A PREPAID CARD!! This new credit card if I am approved does not have to hace a high limit just something for me to start over again and prove myself ThankYou. D Ellsworth
  • Miss Edna
    there is a huge problem with the RFIP chip: it is easily compromised. There are already 'readers' in the form of what looks like a cellphone in a case, that scans all the info in the chip by merely walking near a person -- this 'reader' penetrates leather, cloth, spandex, etc. The only thing it will NOT penetrate is METAL. Perhaps one has seen commercials touting metal credit card cases. Here is my hint for a free fix: cut a piece of aluminum foil or use the foil that is used to keep foods fresh, like coffee. Cut it so that when folded once, it forms a sleeve for your credit card. place the credit card in the sleeve, then place the sleeve in your wallet.
  • Robin Parks
    I am looking to apply for the AARP Visa signature card from Chase that offers $100 after spend $500 in first 3 months, no annual fee and 0% interest first year; I don't want to mail in offer because of having to write in Social security #. Can you direct me to the proper on-line site?
  • CreditLandCom
    The Chase bank cards are not currently available at Credit-Land.com, but you can consider applying for the Citi® Dividend Platinum Select® Visa® Card - $100 Cash Back. The cards has similar terms and cash back program.
  • Becky
    This is Becky Now what do I do just waqit for acard to come to me?
  • CreditLandCom
    Once you have applied, you should receive a letter within 10 business days letting you know if you were approved and when your card will arrive. If you did not receive any letter or notification from the issuer, you should contact them directly. Also, you should contact the issuer if you’ve been waiting for your credit card longer than 30 days. Since we are not a bank and don’t issue credit cards, we cannot give you any information about your application or credit card.
  • SavingStar
    Thank you for posting about SavingStar. Just to clarify one sentence in your article, we have over 5 million members (not 500). Thanks, Josh
  • CreditLandCom
    Sorry for the misprint. We’ve corrected the sentence. Thank you for noticing that.
  • Eric
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