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Measures to protect oneself from identity theft

By Janet Lacey
Published: Saturday, June 5th, 2010

A problem that is rearing its head every now and then is that of protecting your identity. In fact, many people don’t know how valuable their identity is and end up risking it for no good reason. In fact, most people who are victims of identity theft often don’t even know about it and realize only much later when it is quite late and nothing much can be done about it. Hence, there is an urgent need to educate the people about this problem before it can take control and cause unwarranted havoc in everybody’s life.

The first simple measure that you can take to prevent identity theft from ever happening to you is to just be careful while using your ID and not furnish it to anyone and everyone who asks for it. In fact, be as discreet as possible, especially when you are online. There are many perpetrators who steal a multitude of IDs from innocent people who are just surfing the net and don’t know any better. In fact, many people who eventually do realize that someone else is using their identity don’t even know how to trace back the reason to why they might have lost their identity in the first place.

But when they do sit with someone and figure it out, they will be able to put it together that the main reason they ended up becoming victims of identity theft was because they didn’t take enough measures while shopping for something online. In fact, most people aren’t even aware of the different ways in which they can protect themselves while they are online. Due to the lack of knowledge about the different tools that you can use online, it gets quite challenging to effectively protect your identity while you are online.

While the internet is a known place for identity theft to occur, it is not the only place out there. There are other places that it can happen as well. When you are out shopping, you might unknowingly reveal something to a stranger that can then be used to track you down and use your identity. This is the modus operandi of most street level criminals. They can use your identity to open bogus accounts and take out loans and cause other forms of damage without you even knowing about it. The key is to be informed and stay on guard at all times, so that you don’t end up becoming a victim later on.

 Also, be aware of your personal belongings and always keep track of them. In case you ended up losing your card or something valuable, report it immediately. Sometimes, even after you get your personal belongings back, you should still be cautious as it is possible that the information your purse contained might have still been used in some scrupulous manner. The problem with identity theft is that there are no fixed ways about doing it, and anyone with enough information can use it to their advantage. Hence, be careful at all times and try not to reveal too much about yourself to anyone you might not know too well.

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