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A quiet war on the homefront is being waged against U. military members, veterans and their families, targeting their bank accounts, credit histories and identities.
"The alert requires creditors to take steps to verify your identity before granting credit in your name," says Mason. To do this, call the fraud department of one of the credit reporting companies.
Holly Petraeus, assistant director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Office of Servicemember Affairs, cites a typical service member's existence: "Military personnel live a mobile lifestyle punctuated by combat deployments, and that makes it hard for them to keep a close eye on their finances -- or to fix the fallout from an identity theft.
They may not even realize their identity has been stolen for some time, giving the fraudster ample time to do significant damage." Credit destruction may impede a burgeoning military career.
After it's in place, all access to the reports will be denied, thus preventing new loans or lines of credit from being granted without your express permission.
Service members might want to also invest in a reputable ID theft protection program, says Siciliano.
With nearly 1.5 million Americans currently on active duty and just over 21 million veterans plus spouses and children who use military identification, that leaves millions of the old military IDs in rotation.