More and more people are becoming victim of Identity Theft. According to a survey conducted in USA, more than 750, 000 Americans are suffering from this theft every year. Mostly, these thieves work on internet to get details about credit card statement or any other details by few hacking tips while few other thieves look for hard copy of your credit card statement. To stop someone from stealing your identity is very difficult but still you should keep few things in your mind which can minimize your chances of becoming a victim.
Identity Thefts not only involve your cash. But these thieves can also make your life hell by stealing your personal details. By stealing your character identity, they can commit any crime by your name. In few cases, these thieves stole your medical details and through which, they can claim any medical insurance in your name or they can use your policies to get rid of their own problems. By stealing Driving License details, they can commit any traffic related crime by your name. These are few other ways of losses you can suffer from these thefts except financial loss.
Simple way to stop these thieves in getting your personal data is to destroy all your personal information completely like private records, credit card statements or bank statement after their usage. If you can’t destroy them, lock them in safe cabinet. Avoid mailing your cheque or bills from your home. Try to do this directly via post office. In few cases, thieves collect your cheque, change its payee name by using solvents and use them for their own purpose.
Social Security Number should also be protected. There is no need to carry Social Security Number with you every time. This number is the key to all your personal details and thieves mostly try to go for this personal detail. By stealing your Social Security Number, they can access your bank accounts and credit cards. Avoid carrying more than 1 credit card in your wallet.
For people who surf internet daily can be a victim of identity thefts. These thieves uses few emails through which they can collect your personal information. For these types of thefts, all users should perform reverse email search which allows them to recognize the exact identity of person sending those mails. After knowing personal details, you can easily stop replying to these unknown mails if they are having any bad criminal record.
It’s always advisable to take necessary steps to protect you and your close ones from being a victim of Identity Thefts. Precaution is the best way to get rid of this. In case, you lost your wallet, credit card, passport etc, immediately inform respective department to block the usage of that stuff. Follow all these tips and live a happy life.