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Be Extra Careful about Identity Theft

By Amanda Randell
Published: Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Identity theft is a form of crime or fraud where someone else’s identity and personal information are used for personal and selfish gains. Personal information includes social security numbers, passwords and PIN’s. So be very careful with how and where you keep your important records.

The cases and complaints regarding Identity theft offenders just keeps growing but what’s surprising is that no established laws yet had been created to protect the consumers and punish offenders.

Identity theft is not just limited to credit-related incidents. There are a lot other types though this is the most common.  believe it or not but these thieves can also take advantage of you with some documents they can find on your trash like receipts or small pieces of scrap papers with passwords and PIN’s jotted down on them. So again be very careful. Better tear or shred these papers to make sure that it won’t be used by thieves.

The most common place where Identity theft is occurs is the internet. With the lack of law which regulates its use, hackers and scammers freely operate go on stealing other people’s identity.  Thieves use different ways or tactics to easily have access on your information. One way is through phishing. Usually, a spam mail is sent to the prospect victim. These mails usually seem like a legitimate email from seemingly trustworthy companies like banks and other financial institutions.  Here goes the tactic: the mail would indicate that they (the company) are under system maintenance thus as a client, would need to verify your account and would be asking for some personal information.

Aside from coming with a form of an email, a prospect victim would also be seeing some pop-ups on the screen and requires you to complete the transaction by clicking on a button and a page asking for personal information will appear next. If you encounter this, not even a single information should be given out or you’ve just given scammers the chance to take advantage of you and cause damage on your finances and reputation.

There might be times too when you receive mails or pop-ups from companies or entities you’ve never heard of before. Again, this is a form of phishing. Since men are naturally curious, one would likely to click or read on them; now you just opened doors for scammers.

In a study done recently, it had been found out that three percent of all scam mails sent are successful. Three percent of all people who receive the mail fill up the forms with their personal information.

Of course no one would like to be in the hands of identity theft offenders. No one would be held liable except ourselves. If we get too careless then we are only exposing ourselves to great danger and damages.  There are some companies that offer or provide consumers of protection against thieves. With just a little more investment, rest assured that you will be safe at all times.  Your safety relies on your own hands and judgment.

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