Letter from the CEO
In this issue we detail how grooms- and brides-to-be can protect themselves from identity thieves who target wedding expos.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
‘Tis the season to get married. The royal union between William and Kate drew an estimated 3 billion viewers—and passed the bouquet along to the lucrative wedding industry in the United States. Half of all marriages in the U.S. occur between May and September. This is a busy time for couples planning their nuptials. While they juggle the emotional and logistical demands on their time, they also need to watch for the ultimate wedding crashers: identity thieves.
This month’s feature "I Give Thee My Troth, Not My Identity" details how planning a wedding provides ample scamming opportunities for fraudsters in the bridal business. The large bridal expos at which a future Mr. and Mrs. can locate a caterer, photographer and flowers all in an afternoon’s time are of particular concern. Couples may be easily lured into giving away sensitive personal information for giveaways and sweepstakes. Our experts offer a number of helpful tips for making it down the aisle—identity intact—as the one and only your beloved has agreed to marry.
In Ask the Expert, we spell out why—while DIY may be a current trend—identity theft resolution requires more than one’s own head and pair of hands, no matter how capable one’s god-given gifts.
While this may be a particularly frantic time for brides-to-be, urgent matters and unexpected hurdles are par for the course for Mark Fullbright, an 18-year veteran of the fraud resolution business. Just a day in Fullbright’s life means tackling everything from an angry ex-husband who used his ex-wife’s SSN to file a false tax return to a phone call with an irate collections agent who verbally threatens Fullbright.
Finally, you can never be too careful when it comes to social media. You may use it to notify friends and family of your whereabouts, but thieves too could be monitoring your status updates once you put them out there for others to see; perhaps worse than being watched by Big Brother is the possibility of a virtual Bonnie and Clyde on your trail.
True, Bonnie and Clyde may have some of the romantic appeal that this season inspires, but let’s not go so far as to romanticize their chosen profession.
As always, we hope you enjoy.
Chief Executive Officer
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