Identity Theft: An Invisible Threat
March 28th, 2017
The trouble with identity theft is that today, no one is safe from it and everyone is certainly at risk irrespective of your age, race, sex or religion. You can become a victim as too can your parents and kids as well as friends; relatives and your fellow workers too are not immune from identity theft. What’s more, it can strike at any time and at any place – even if you have taken strict action to prevent it from affecting you.
Fastest Growing Crime
The sad truth is that identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the world and in the US in particular and a major reason for this is new technologies that have fallen into the hands of criminals who can gain unlawful access to your most private information and put it to their own use without you even becoming aware that your personal information has been stolen or compromised.
There are many ill consequences to suffering from identity theft including emotional upheaval as well as severe financial loss. You may even find to your chagrin that your application for a loan or for employment has been turned down because of your low credit scores. Though it is not possible to completely safeguard you from becoming a victim of identity theft there are nevertheless certain steps that you can take that will ensure that the risks are minimized.
Elementary identity theft protection requires that you first of all never reveal your personal information or even your Social Security number to anyone until they have been verified. Secondly, you must make it a habit to avoid putting your Social Security number in your purse or wallet and carry the same on your person when you go out.
Identity theft has been on the rise in the recent past and this has given rise to a lot of concern in the minds of everyone – without any exceptions. A major reason why identity theft can affect you is the current habits amongst people worldwide of buying over the Internet. Many online stores may have less than secure websites which will leave your personal information open to hacking and theft by fraudsters that prowl the internet looking for victims.
It is therefore a good idea to never shop from a website that does not provide watertight security measures. Not only do people make mistakes, but governments as well as large corporations also are not immune to falling prey to identity thieves. Credit card fraud is growing very fast and millions of dollars are being lost by people, government as well as big companies that have become victims of identity theft.