Identity Theft Questions You Need To Know About

By: Davejoa.
How Does My Identity Get 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:

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

Stealing personal documents during burglaries and other crimes.

Taking your mail from your mailbox or letterbox.

Stealing ladies handbags and men's wallets while they are not looking or by pick-pocketing.

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.

Many large gangs of identity thieves operate in cities where it is easy for them to target unsuspecting individuals to get their personal identity information.

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.

How Can I Find Out If My Identity Has Been Stolen?

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

If you are lucky when you find out, it will not be too late.

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

A new credit card statement that you have never seen before arrives addressed to you.

An unknown bank account statement in your name arrives for you.

You find transactions on your credit card statement for goods you did not buy.

Your bank account statement lists items you never bought.

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.

Ignoring the threat and failing to carefully monitor your financial transactions could mean that identify fraud will take place before you know what is happening.

The effects of identity fraud can be financially embarrassing and frustrating to resolve.

Prevention is better than cure!

The best way to find out is to obtain a copy of your credit report on a regular basis from one of the major credit reference agencies.

By monitoring your credit report for changes and unusual discrepancies you will be one step ahead and have a much better picture of what is taking place in your name, even if it is not you!.
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