New Visitors Privacy Policy Sponsorship Contact Us Media
Baby Boomers Family Green Home and Auto In Critical Condition Just Starting Out Lifestyle Money
- advertisement -
Bankrate.com
News & Advice Compare Rates Calculators
Rate Alerts  |  Glossary  |  Help
Mortgage Home
Equity
Auto CDs &
Investments
Retirement Checking &
Savings
Credit
Cards
Debt
Management
College
Finance
Taxes Personal
Finance

Special report

Guarding your good name

Credit card fraud hit the billion-dollar mark in 2001. Social-Security-number fraud shot up fivefold in the past five years. Why? Identity theft. Perhaps the worst part of this crime is that the victim is often clueless. Here's how it happens, what to do to protect your private information and steps to take should you fall prey to identity theft.

..............................................................................
Protect your identity
QUIZ: How safe is your identity?
Don't think identity theft can't happen to you? Find out just how smart you are with critical slips of paper and credit card receipts.
 
The double whammy of identity theft
It's bad enough that your identity is stolen, but did you know YOU have to clean up the mess? Here's how.
 
Follow these steps when your identity is stolen
A checklist of calls to stop the criminal in his tracks
 
Don't give out your Social Security number
Everybody you do business with wants it, but few need it.
 
Old address + new credit card = danger
A replacement card coming to your old address could cost you.
 
-- Posted: March 22, 2002
top of page
See Also
Supreme Court decision hurts consumers
Court delivers a victory for privacy
Convenience checks: Not so convenient for you

Print   E-mail

Credit Cards
Compare weekly rates
WEEKLY AVERAGES
Type Fixed Variable
Standard 13.23% 14.82%
Gold
Platinum 12.70% 15.89%
All 13.02% 15.61%



RELATED CALCULATORS
  Loan calculator (includes amortization schedule)  
  See your FICO score range -- free  
  What will it take to pay off your credit card?  
VIEW ALL 

BASICS SERIES
Credit Card Basics
Don't get trapped by card debt. Learn to use it wisely.
How to find the best card
Check your credit report
Finance charges explained
How to ask for a lower rate
Improve credit with a card
How to repair your credit

MORE ON BANKRATE
Banking glossary  
News archive  
Keep an eye on the leading rates  
Find a high-yielding CD


- advertisement -

 
- advertisement -

About Bankrate | Privacy Policy/Your California Privacy Rights | Online Media Kit | Partnerships | Investor Relations | Press Room | Contact Us | Sitemap
NYSE: RATE | RSS Feeds |

* Mortgage rate may include points. See rate tables for details. Click here.
* To see the definition of overnight averages click here.

Bankrate.com ®, Copyright © 2014 Bankrate, Inc., All Rights Reserved, Terms of Use.