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Protecting Your Identity on Facebook

In March, I attended the Long Term Care Conference in Dallas and had the opportunity to listen to our keynote speaker, Frank Abagnale (who you may remember from “Catch Me If You Can”, the movie biography that revealed his early life of crime.)

“Mr. Abagnale believes that because punishment for fraud and recovery of stolen funds is so rare, prevention is the only viable course of action.” He shared with us one of the more recent developments in identity theft using Facebook. Perpetrators will take pictures of individuals in public places using their cell phone. Then using an app that is downloaded onto their cell phone, they can match the picture of the anonymous individual to that person’s picture on their Facebook page.

Many times people document too much personal information on Facebook which can be used to steal your identity or perpetrate a crime against the individual or their property. Prudent and safe advice is not to put any personal identifying information like your date of birth, home or work address, or your daily routine on your Facebook page. In addition, Mr. Abagnale recommends that everyone should subscribe to a credit report monitoring service that will notify you whenever someone applies for credit in your name or even performs a credit check on you.

Helen Trowsdale, President of AA Care Services, is a nurse administrator with over 30 years of experience as a BSN, psychiatric nurse, and geriatric care manager with adults as well as pediatrics in hospitals, private duty home health care agencies, and residential home health care. Her team of caregivers are dedicated to serving their clients with home care in San Antonio, New Braunfels, Austin, and Dallas; providing clients with consistent, quality care while minimizing the number of caregivers in the home. Learn more about AA Care Services.

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