I believe the reason you sister is getting dozens of credit cards is because she filled out a change of address form from the post office. These go to the DMA (Direct Marketing Association) then out to all the marketers. Any business she's ever used in the past can then start sending her catalogs and credit card offers.
She can opt out of all credit card offers and even the other marketing mail for 5 years by going to optoutprescreen.com/ and dmachoice.org. After 5 years, the offers will again start coming until she opts out again.
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Originally Posted by AZGal
What you say is interesting and useful information, but in this case, the original post stated clearly that identity theft had already occurred. Twice. This cannot be blamed on the US Post Office or the Direct Marketing Association.
I understand that but she believes it's happening again after moving. I think it's probable she's experiencing the effects of a post office change of address submission rather than a repeat of identity theft. She can only know for sure when she checks her credit reports.
Thanks for all the responses. I have forwarded all to her and she is still investigating.
I have BOUGHT the "AVG Internet Security" suite and it has several new apps, not present in the FREE
Originally Posted by JoeP517
version, to protect your identity.
You don't have to buy it to investigate it on their web site.
Also, a good router with firewall is a great First Line of defense.
On top of a good AV program like AVG, a secondary program that runs in Real Time, like Malwarebytes Pro,
is a good investment. Just like AVG, Malwarebytes Pro can be set to update and scan every day.
Personal security, for a person who is not willing to be pro-active, is a real problem. Someone has to make
sure that all the security software is kept up to date and that scans are run on a regular schedule.
A program like "Team Viewer" can allow a tech or family member, to access the computer remotely and make
sure that all updates are done on schedule.
An associate of mine, does that with many of his own customers, to make sure they are kept up to date.
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I take it you mean "anti-identity theft" software, Ted?(!)
Yes, Thanks for that. She has a lot of info and is making headway in the process. Here in the US identity Theft is a MAJOR problem.