What is Identity Theft?
Identity theft is when someone obtains, and illegally uses, your identification information, such as name, address, date of birth, social security number or mother’s maiden name. An imposter can open new credit card accounts, drain your bank accounts, purchase automobiles, apply for loans, open utility services and on and on.
No matter how cautious you are, you cannot guarantee that a criminal will not obtain your information. The prudent thing to do is be aware that you are at risk, know the steps you can take to protect your identity, what to do and who to contact if in doubt.
The links below will take you to sites with tips to avoid identity theft and the steps to take to stop the damage and to recover from this crime, if it does happen.
- Credit Repair After Identity Theft (creditrepair.org)
- Identity Theft: Could it Happen to You? (time.com)
- Protect Yourself: Follow These Steps to Prevent Identity Theft (brighthub.com)