A simple Google search on “Credit Lock” will bring up several companies willing to help you lock your credit to prevent identity thieves from being able to open accounts in your name. These services range from $9.95 to 19.95 a month. At least one of these companies is honest stating that your life is too busy to be concerned with and having to remember to take all the steps to keep your credit locked. Locking your credit involves looking up your state’s regulations, then following these prescribed steps.
You may desire the safety of locking your credit, but do not know where to look to find “how to” information. Here are some simple resources to help you:
A Fraud Alert can be activated by any consumer in the United States.
Remember that if you lock your credit there are some drawbacks. You will likely have to give advanced notice to unlock it. For some states there is a cost associated with both locking and unlocking this credit. You will not be able to instantly get a credit card.
However, the advantages should far outweigh the disadvantages. Don’t spend $100 a year for this service. Spend a few minutes and save by doing this yourself.
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