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Identity Theft during Natural Disasters
October 30, 2012
Hello Everyone,

As we witness the impact of hurricane Sandy which hit the east coast of the United States and tsunami affect of the earthquake which hit the west coast of Canada, we realize once more that natural disasters arrive without much advance warning. Unfortunately, when powerful disasters hit populated cities destroying homes, cars and businesses, they leave behind unintended and sometime irreparable consequences which last long after they are gone. Whether we are prepared for such occurrences which force us to evacuate our homes and leave behind our personal belongings for days or months, we must deal with the consequences of potentially unsecured homes, businesses and cars. Obviously, the more prepared we are before disasters hit, the more control we will have over the protection of our personal items. However, there are still certain things that we could and must do during and after disaster even if we failed to plan for disasters ahead of time. During disasters, some people are more prepared and ready to deal with the consequences than others either because of their higher risk awareness or the inherent nature of their situation such as tourist evacuating hotels.

Read this disaster fraud article which discusses the two main types of identity fraud during disasters including the looting of evacuee personal items and disaster loan fraud.

Our hearts go out to the victims of all disasters and we hope that that they can quickly and safely return to their normal life without much irreparable consequence.

Until next time, be identity safe,
Henry Bagdasarian
Identity Management Institute
Identity Diet

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