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Identity Theft Questions You Need To Know About

Jul 9, 2008
How Can My Personal Identity Be Stolen?

Many criminals and thieves want to steal your personal ID and they can use many different and often successful tactics to do so.

The ways in which they do this are numerous, but some of the more popular that they use are listed here for you:

Finding and removing personal information from dustbins.

Stealing personal documents during burglaries and other crimes.

Taking your mail from your mailbox or letterbox.

Taking purses from ladies and wallets from men by pick-pockets or other devious means.

Impersonating a dead person or using a deceased person's birth certificate.

Redirecting someone's post to their own address to obtain their personal details.

Getting your credit card receipts so they can see your credit card number and other details.

Today many identity thieves operate as part of large and organized criminal gangs who deliberately target personal identity information.

Thus as well as being defrauding your run the risk that your identity could also be used to commit even worse crimes which might be connected to trafficking or even terrorism.

How Will I Know If Personal Identity Has Been Stolen?

If your identity is stolen there numerous ways in which you might find out about it.

When you find out quickly there is a good chance that you will be in time to stop fraud taking place.

The following are some indicators that identity theft might have taken place:

You get a statement for a new credit card, which you never applied for.

You receive a new bank statement for an account you did not open.

Goods you never bought are listed on your credit card statement.

You see transactions on your bank statement that should not be there.

Your bank or credit card company call you about same strange transactions.

Thus it makes sense that you always check carefully any unusual mail you receive and that carefully check each transaction on your credit card and bank statements.

Unfortunately some people just do not pay attention to these things and before they know it they are in trouble.

The consequences can be very frustrating and a real pain to resolve.

Prevention is better than cure!

A great way to do this is to regularly check your credit report from a credit reference agency for any sort of unusual activity.

If you monitor your credit report in this way you will get to know about potential criminal activity using your name as soon as possible and put yourself in a strong position to stop fraud.
About the Author
Dave Joa provides more information on how to use a Free UK Credit Reports in the UK to Prevent Identity Theft at his UK Credit Reports website.
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