What Can You Learn From Identity Theft Articles?

By: Paulwilcox
With all of the recent news attention on the subject of identity theft, it is no wonder that there have been multiple articles on the subject springing up on the Internet. Many of these identity theft articles provide readers with a lot of valuable information. However, consumers should be aware that many identity theft articles out there use scare tactics to get consumers to buy products they are selling. These articles can be easy to spot if you know what you are looking for.

Look Out

There are a few things that consumers can watch for when reading identity theft articles to ascertain whether or not the article they are viewing is a true informational article or whether it is nothing more than a glorified sales copy. Here are a few questions to ask yourself when reading these kinds of articles:

#1: Is this article suggesting that I buy something?

If the answer to this is yes, be careful. Many companies will use seemingly informational articles to push their own products. The article might continually refer to one source or talk about a product. If the article repeats the need for one product over and over without suggesting many alternatives, then it may be sales-oriented and the information contained within it may be skewed.

#2: Does the article portray identity theft information accurately?

Look at many sources for accurate identity theft information. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is an excellent source for accurate, up-to-date information on the topic of identity theft.

#3: Does the article try to create concern or panic within the reader?

If the article suggests (or seems to suggest) that the reader must purchase this product or they will likely fall victim to identity theft, it is likely a sales pitch. If they repeat terrible identity theft statistics, or mention something to the effect of "Mr. X had to pay $15,000 to get his life back after he was a victim of identity theft, don't let this happen to you!", then it is likely the article is not worth your time.

Identity theft is an important issue to understand, but be sure you are able to distinguish informative articles on the topic from sales pitches.
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