Financial Tip of the Day:
In our current day world, identity theft ranks as one of the most devastating – and possibly scariest – things that can happen to someone. Personal information is a hot commodity and if it gets into the wrong hands, it can be disastrous. One place where we often publicly share a lot of personal information is the pharmacy. I’ve often marveled at how freely personal information is requested and shared with apparently little awareness of potential thieves (or worse). When picking up a prescription, we’re often asked for our name, date of birth and sometimes our address and/or phone number (all 4 of these pieces of information are mentioned in this article: 10 Pieces of Information That Are Used to Steal Your Identity ). And we willingly furnish this information, without much apparent thought of who may be within earshot.
This personally makes me very uneasy. So now when I go to the pharmacy, I write my name and date of birth down on a slip of paper and hand it to the pharmacist. If they begin to read my address out loud from the computer screen, I ask them to stop, and I write it down or give them my ID to verify it. This may seem extreme, but when you really consider it, within seconds we share a great deal of sensitive personal information – out loud. Although this is not a fail-safe method against identity theft, it’s one important method that may help minimize it.
#safeguardingpersonalinfo, #pharmacy, #identitytheft