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Prevent Becoming Victims Of Identity Theft Before It Is Too Late

Aug 17, 2007
Isn't it funny how we as a society in general believe that bad things only happen to other people and not to ourselves? Well, tell that to all the victims of identity theft and they will soon tell you that that is wrong because it can and does happen us. In fact it so easy for this to happen.

I think in this day and age it is even easier for this to happen compared to many years ago because of all the different cards that we carry around with us and because of the use of the internet. Of course these are what has made our lives easier in a sense but they have also made our lives much more vulnerable to becoming victims of identity theft. I mean how many people are there these days that do not have an atm card or a credit card ? I wouldn't think there would be many. How many people also these days use the internet to pay their bills, buy things and do their banking? Lots and lots of them.

With technology emerging at a very fast pace there are more and more hackers out there with more and more opportunities to steal your identity along with all your money. It's gone far beyond someone stealing from your mailbox or stealing your wallet or purse. Of course this still happens at alarming rates as well. If this has happened to you the first thing you need to do is contact the authorities and report it. Contact the bank regarding your stolen cards. Even if you have been robbed through the online system you must still contact your bank.

It is so important that you shut down everything to prevent these fraudsters from taking everything if they have not already done so. You then must open up new ones but you must also change all your pins and passwords. When you do you must not use simple combinations such as anything from your birth date or address or maiden names. These are so easy for people to work out. You must use something that has nothing what so ever to do with your life as most victims of identity theft have had easy to work out pins and passwords.

It really is sad to think that we have to take preventative measures like these but it is a real fact of life. We cannot be as trusting as we should be for our own sakes. Another point to remember is not to have your pin or password written down in your wallet or purse as this just makes it even easier for the perpetrator to steal your money. Unfortunately victims of identity theft are not just people who have had their cards and so on stolen they also are people who have had their lives stolen. By this I mean they may have had mail from their mail box taken, social security numbers, driving licenses and so on. These can then be sold to other people who are illegal immigrants wanting a new identity. So even if you misplace or have any of these stolen please report them so they can be noted.
About the Author
Susan Dean is a successful webmaster and publisher of
>http://www.identitytheftsecrets.info
She provides more identity theft advice,solutions and information at her web site.
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