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How to Prevent Fraud From Happening

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How to Prevent Fraud From Happening

According to a 2019 report, the Federal Trade Commission had recorded over 1.7 trillion complaints of fraud and less than $670 million lost to impostor scams. This proves that fraud remains a serious problem, but it isn’t one that the government can handle alone. The fight against fraud is a collective effort and we as Americans must do what we can to uphold the rule of law and prevent scammers and identity thieves from having their way. It all starts with a few simple tips that can help with preventing fraud:

1. Be Aware of Cybersecurity

We are now living in the digital age where personal information can be captured with just a single click. Although new technology has made it easier for us to handle business transactions and communicate with loved ones across vast distances , it has increased the risk of identity theft. With that being said, people should practice safe internet habits. You can start by installing the latest antivirus or anti-malware software in all your devices. You should also check if the websites (especially, e-commerce platforms) use an “https” domain and provide disclaimers that they are tracking your interactions onsite. If you have second thoughts about a certain e-commerce website, it’s best not to take your chances.

2. Conduct Background Checks

Whether you are hiring a babysitter or drafting a partnership deal with another business, background checks help you steer clear of fraud or an attempt to defraud. For this reason, you will need to conduct extensive research on an entity that might have a history of fraud. While it can be time-consuming and tedious, background checks can help you save money and secure your reputation from shady individuals or organizations. You can always contact a due diligence company such as the Diligence International Group to conduct background checks on your behalf.

3. Be Careful When Migrating Data

Cloud-based software have become popular among larger enterprises citing their scalability and high-amounts of security they provide. Still, cloud platforms are never always safe from hackers who are out to steal your data. To be on the safer side, it’s important to choose a cloud system provider that features multiple layers of security, two-factor authentication, and easier control over who gets to access the cloud. You can never be too careful when it comes to docum

4. Secure Sensitive Documents

If you have physical copies of files such as insurance documents, credit card bills and other sensitive documents, it’s important to keep these in a secured location. Moreover, you should avoid scanning or creating digital copies of these documents since they can easily be shared or manipulated by someone else. As much as possible, create physical copies and destroy any traces of digital data in your devices. After all, it’s easier to protect important information if you have less to worry about.

Fraud happens in all levels of society and we will need to remain extra vigilant when it comes to our personal information. Let us not be victims or let anyone else be a victim to deceit and theft.

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