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Identity Theft

Identity theft has become one of the most serious problems facing many of us today, and based on reported accounts, the problem is growing rapidly costing consumers billions of dollars a year.

No one is 100% safe. Even major credit bureaus, banks, major retail outlets, and other companies have been hacked, compromising personal information of millions of unsuspecting consumers.

People's names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, credit card numbers, addresses, and driver’s license numbers are now in the hands of criminals and criminal organizations.

And it doesn't stop there. You may or may not know this, but more than likely, you are already profiled on the internet. The internet and social media has made identity theft as easy as 1, 2, 3 and by all accounts, it's getting easier as the technology gets more sophisticated.

All someone has to do is type in your name, telephone number, business name, or other information and your past and present addresses may pop up along with past and present places of employment. This information is there for the world to see even if you didn't give remission for it to be used and don't want it publicized.

Identity theft is a crime that can lead to serious criminal prosecution resulting in fines and, in many cases, prison sentences.

It is a serious crime to fraudulently forge a signature or use another persons identification and personal information to obtain credit, make purchases, borrow money or commit any other illegal activity.

Identity theft may not seem important but if it happens to you, it can be a very traumatic event. As a consumer, it can be a very expensive experience, as well as time consuming and it can be devastating emotionally.

Those who commit such crimes range from petty thieves to very well organized and sophisticated criminal operations. Criminals use many different tactics to get your information and they know how to stay under the radar of law enforcement.

Your personal information can be gotten by other means and it may be easier than you think. By going through your garbage can, a person can get all sorts of information about you, your family, your business dealings, and other valuable information such as your medical history.

Most people do not shred documents such as telephone bills, credit card statements and other things that do not seem important enough to destroy. They just dump them in their trash bin and put the bin on the curb for garbage pickup.

When you see someone going through your trash, you may think they are homeless people looking for plastic bottles or aluminum cans to sell. But they may be looking for something much more valuable. Your identity!

If someone gets your social security number, your address, birth date, telephone number and or your driver’s license number and decide to use it maliciously, it can reek havoc on your credit and your personal and professional life.

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