Increasing Concerns About Identity Theft
Anyone can be a victim of identity theft. When you, for example, use your credit card you are a potential victim. Say you hand someone your credit card in a restaurant or other establishment… you are at risk of identity theft by that person shading over your card with paper and pencil. Signing your credit cards may also be a way for criminals to make use of your signature for fraud.
ID theft is getting to be a growing problem around the world and getting worse everyday. This form of theft happens when one makes use of your personal information, without your knowledge, to create fraud and other crimes.
With the invention of the computer and use of the Internet it has made such a crime possible and very prevalent, making more and more people susceptible.
Even the proliferation of credit cards and its growing use in the world today has made it easier for more criminals to commit this type of robbery.
Regardless of how many types of imposed protection are initiated to avoid intrusion of privacy through chains of private information, through government and non-governmental listings, etc. the problem is sieved by the clever manipulations of the offenders. Free enterprise in the U.S. has made this dilemma very abundant in every exchange of business transactions through various means of handling and disseminating cash flow.
Obviously, the best source of private information is preserved in banks and credit card companies, where bulks of cash are stored for easy and convenient payment. For the unknowing business person, this transgression happens after the theft has successfully caused damage. Identity theft law covers all bounds of these illegal activities through emails, mails and other transaction cards, brokerage, insurance, and other documentations involving membership.
This form of activity is very rampant and a not easily toppled crime, affecting lives and property of peaceful and law-abiding individuals. Before spending effort on legal suits, why not do preventive measures to avoid waste of time dealing with the consequences of being a helpless victim? There is not a single solution to the identity theft problem. But there are ways to help prevent it. All that is needed is awareness, everyone should be aware that such a threat exists. In some cases, even hire a private investigator.
Telltale Signs Will Be There
Telltale signs if someone has already stolen his or her identity. An indication would be finding discrepancies on your credit records/statements. If you have found out that you have charges on your credit card (especially minimal amounts) that you have no knowledge of, chances are someone has been using your credit card. In case you find yourself experiencing such problems, there are steps you should undertake.
First of all, you should contact the proper fraud departments in order to put a fraud alert on your credit report as well as a stop on your credit card(s). The fraud alert will notify the creditors to contact you before opening any new accounts under your name or making any changes on your existing account. It also doesn’t hurt to run a public records check on people you are suspicious of. Another step that you can take is to close the account(s) that you believe have been tampered with by outside unknown sources. You should also try to file a report at the local police station, if possible, where you think the incident(s) took place.
Don’t be a victim of criminal identity theft!
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