Are you in Danger of Having your ID Stolen?
By Jeffry Rozalskan,
Filed under: BUSINESS, CAREER & FINANCE, LIFESTYLE, SHOPPING
One of the biggest mistakes people make is thinking that they are not a target for identity theft. You may think that you are not important enough to need ID protection or that your bank balance is not fat enough for any thief to be interested in you. But you’re mistaken. It doesn’t matter if you have $1 or a million dollars in the bank, that’s not what the identity thieves are after. What they are really looking for is a name and ID number, which they can use to establish new accounts and make new transactions. In the technological world we live in, our information is everywhere. Just think of the multiple places your ID is stored – on your doctor’s computer, on social networks, at work, at your kid’s school, with every purchase you make online and in every shop where you use your credit card. Each of these places offers an opportunity to ID thieves.
What is ID Theft?
An ID thieve uses multiple methods to obtain vital information about you like your social security number, middle name, maiden name, mother’s name, drivers license number and address. One of the most prolific ways is pretending to be a company or organization and gaining your trust through a solicitous email requesting your bank account number or PIN number. They can use social networks to obtain personal information that you may share online thinking only your friends are seeing it. Or simply hack into a site where your details are stored. Once the thief has your personal information they use this to obtain credit, make purchases or use as false credentials. The imposter could provide false ID to the police leaving you with a criminal record in addition to running up debt that you will be liable to pay. With your ID he can very easily change the mailing address for your bills and gain access to even more sensitive information.
How to protect yourself from ID Theft?
Seeing that your ID is already out there you need to take action to protect yourself by using the tools and materials of a respected and reliable ID theft protection program. In this way you can limit your risk and even protect yourself completely from ever being a victim of ID theft. The best ID theft protection companies will also provide material to educate you so that in the future your actions will not attract thieves and your future transactions will be protected. You can work securely online without worrying that your ID is at risk if you have the right protection. Protection programs come in a number of variations depending on how much protection you really need. In this way you can choose the exact ID theft protection program, which suits your lifestyle and your pocket.