What to do about identity theft.

I’m not a tax guy but at this point it seems to me that we are forever more in our lives going to be the subject of id theft as soon as a thief gets around to us.

The information is available, it’s just that there are lots of people to thief from.
Eventually the smarter thieves will work out the most efficient ways of taking advantage of all of the information available to them, so the people with better credit scores will be targets sooner than people with bad credit scores.
So I suppose one idea is to have a lousy credit score.
Anyway. We talked about this at work and account freezes are a good idea. I’ve had freezes on my credit score accounts for a while now. (I’d recommend this for what it’s worth) which turns out to be little.
The security to protect the thief from unfreezing your account is a pin you get at freeze time.
You better not lose that pin or…. you’ll have to ask them to send it to you.
And all they require for them to send it to you, is the same information the thieves already have stolen. And to boot, somebody at work found the page and for experian at least, they’ll send the pin to any email address.
We’re all doomed.
So anyway, the point is to make it as hard as possible for the thieves so they pick on somebody else first, so freeze your accounts.
But back to my original idea.
One of the things thieves can do is steal your tax refund by filing before you do.
One simple way around this is to avoid having a refund.
Up your deductions, and start a savings plan with this newfound money so you can afford your tax bill. It may be annoying, but at least the thieves can’t get it.
And as the CPAs always say “You shouldn’t be giving the government an interest free loan anyway.”
Thoughts? Other suggestions?

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