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Easily Spare yourself from Unlawful Identity Theft Acts

By Amanda Randell
Published: Friday, May 14th, 2010

It is true that the internet has made almost all things possible; even providing a perfect place for crime. Since not a lot are really taking serious steps against identity theft, the number of complains and cases gradually increases.  This form of crime happens everywhere but most prevalent in the United States of America. Around ten to thirteen of Americans fall as victims of identity thieves.

For you not to be the next victim, you should know the basics of identity theft; how it is consummated and what to do to prevent it. Have this as a basic guide to fight against this unlawful act.

You may think that you would be the least person to be victimized by identity thieves but you could also be wrong. Sometimes, people commit simple mistakes that could lead them to the hands of these criminals.

Aside from the World Wide Web, few of the common places where thieves could gather some of your information are your mails, your lost wallets or purses and yes your garbage. People who get information of other individuals for the purpose of stealing their identities are called dumpster divers.  The more threatening part of identity theft is that the criminal could be someone very close to the victim. For this reason, the thief goes on with his crime left undetected and if found out, great damage had already been done to the victim.

There might be a lot of them lurking around but there are easy ways to spare ourselves from falling to be the next victim. Keep your personal information in the safest place possible. A lot of us are fond of jotting down account numbers, PIN’s  and passwords especially when we are in a hurry but leaving them just anywhere intentionally or not is a sure way of exposing your identity to possible danger. If there is a need doing it, make sure to tear or better yet, shred any paper that contains your information.

Phone phishing is also a way for thieves to obtain personal info from you. When asked of some information about you through phone calls or emails, never ever give out any unless you know the person and you’ve made sure the inquiry is legal or legitimate. These are the two tactics people operating in an identity theft ‘business’ use.

Once you receive any phone call, mail or email from someone who claim to have done business with you in the past and tend to gather some information about you, waste no time checking your bank statement as soon as you get it. Most often, identity theft offenders change billing address so for you not to be receiving unfamiliar bills. To be safe, have a regular check on your credit report.  These are two important things that you should check on; any possible delinquent accounts and those who have received your credit report. If you see some typos or on some info like your social security number and unfamiliar addresses, don’t take it for granted for you might have already been an identity theft victim.

Identity theft could be easily combated as long as we become careful of our personal documents and information.

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