"Might I have another lump of coal for the fire, Mr. Scrooge?"
-Bob Cratchit (Dickens' A Christmas Carol)
What in the world do we have to learn from Ebenezer Scrooge about protecting our identities during the busy holiday season? Plenty!
Scrooge was a miserly old git who wouldn't share anything - his coal, his wealth, his love. The ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future scared him into realizing that giving generously is what the holidays (and life) are all about. But the ghosts forgot to mention that as he donated his wealth, paid for Tiny Tim's medical care and purchased gifts for all of London, he should continue to be miserly with his personal information!
Distraction is our worst enemy. During the holidays, in addition to spending more money, we tend to be busier, more stressed-out and less careful than other times of the year. Identity thieves take advantage of our distraction to perform information extraction. In the spirit of Charles Dickens, here areRead More »from Scroogeâ€™s holiday identity theft protection tips