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Frequently Asked Credit Questions about Identity Theft

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

If you do not pay attention then you will find that their are many thieves and criminals out there who are just waiting to steal your identity from you.

Criminals have developed many different methods to steal you ID and we have listed just a few of the most common ways here so that you will be more aware of what they do.

Taking personal documents that you have put out in your rubbish.

Burglars will collect your details from documents when they steal from your home.

Taking your mail from your mailbox or letterbox.

Removing purses, handbags and wallets while the owner is not paying attention.

Using a dead person's birth certificate or other of their personal details.

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.

Often these identity theft criminals are part of a larger organized gang set up specifically to obtain personal identities from people.

So if these thieves do manage to get your personal ID information you could easily find that it might be used in crimes that are part of trafficking or terrorist operations.

So Who Can Tell Me If My Personal ID 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.

Each entry in the list below could be considered an indicator that your identity has been stolen:

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

Your mail contains a bank statement for an account you know nothing about.

Unknown or unrecognizable purchases appear on your credit card statements.

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

Unusual credit card transaction cause your credit card company to call you.

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.

Trying to prevent identity theft is the easiest option!

A proven method for doing this is to monitor your credit report frequently at your credit reference agency, so you can quickly detect unexpected activities.

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 Credit Reports in the UK to Stop ID Fraud at his UK Credit Report website.
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