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Defend Your Identity: Define Identity Theft

Apr 10, 2008
Many things can be owned. These things may have been purchased, given as gifts or passed along from one generation of a family to another.

They may have a monetary value or they could be more sentimental. Things like pictures or other heirlooms are hard to put a price on, but they can be invaluable to people who know their history.

Of course, the problem with owning something is that it could be stolen. Or it could even be lost due to something like fire, flood, or some other natural cause. And naturally, there are plenty of thieves out there who would steal your possessions if given the chance.

One other item that can be stolen from individuals is something extremely personal. That item is a person's identity. To increase the general awareness of identity theft it is important to define identity theft. In order to define identity theft it is imperative to know how society defines identity theft and how it can occur.

Definition Of Identity Theft

Identity theft occurs when someone misrepresents themselves as another person, usually for the purpose of committing fraud. This could include illegally accessing that person's financial accounts or committing criminal acts in their name.

Also, to properly define identity theft, it is critical to define the negative impact experienced by the individual whose identity has been stolen. One of the negative repercussions of identity theft is financial loss. Often an identity theft crime will affect a person's bottom line as thieves access credit cards, bank accounts, etc.

In addition, if not addressed quickly, an identity theft victim will have to deal with damage perpetuated on their good name. Often this damage is reflected in credit ratings, possible criminal activity, employment interviews, etc. Although the victim is innocent, often it takes months or even years for the devastating effects of the identity theft to be cleared.

How Identity Theft Works

Identity theft usually happens when someone obtains critical pieces of information about you.

This may include things like social insurance numbers, driver's license numbers, or bank PINs. Things that only their owner ought to know.

These numbers can be obtained fraudulently by thieves who pose as representatives of service or financial companies in order to obtain these highly sensitive numbers. It is important for the reader to understand that under no circumstances should they give out these sensitive numbers to individuals who ask for them.

Often a company is very clear that they will never ask for these sensitive numbers unless the customer has initiated the call. In addition, often a company will only ask for the last four numbers of a person's 9 digit social security number.

Identify thieves can also obtain this information by going through your trash or stealing your wallet or purse. It's important to shred all paperwork that contain important information before you throw it out.
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