How Can Identity Theft Destroy a Life?

By: Bernard Pragides

If you have been a victim of identity theft, then you can understand how this crime can seriously ruin your life. If you haven't, then you either have no idea, or only have a faint clue to what it feels like.

The consequences of identity theft are very real and are very distressing. It doesn't matter for what purposes your identity has been stolen, serious damage can be caused. If somebody has found your details, they can use them for a number of things. For example, next time you throw away an old bank statement or credit card receipt, just think of what could happen if somebody were to find those scraps of paper. Not only will they contain your name and address, but they also contain details of your bank, and credit card details. It doesn't take a genius to work out that these sorts of information can be used for.

If your letter box isn't secured, as many aren't, then it only takes someone to walk by and grab your mail. Imagine if there was a check book in there, or a new credit card? All they have to do is wait a couple more days to get the Pin for it, which is sent separately. Think of the havoc that can be caused and the consequences of identity theft in situations like this. Once they have your credit card, they can put their own signature on the back. With the Pin number, they can go ahead and buy all kinds of things, without you even realizing, and many people don't for a while. With bank details, it isn't difficult for people to try and get loans or mortgages in your name. Think of the devastation that can be caused by this? Imagine if they were successful in their applications? You would have a loan for any amount in your name which they wouldn't have to pay back. It would be you and your credit rating that would be ruined. That sort of action would have a devastating effect on your credit rating. You can say goodbye to any mortgages you may want to try and get, and you can forget about a loan if anything bad should happen and you need the money!

To think of it another way, imagine what could happen if somebody had a fake I.D card with your name and address on it. What if they were caught in some sort of criminal activity? They would be able to give your details if they get caught and the warrant would be out with your name on it! It would be on your record, this criminal activity, and therefore you can expect problems getting any future employment. You could even end up in prison!

Whichever way you look at it, and for whatever reasons behind somebody stealing your information, the consequences of identity theft are dire! Not only does this crime have monetary losses involved, it can have personal consequences. All you need to do is to have a look on the internet for consequences of identity theft, and you will find thousands of stories of people's lives that have been ruined by these actions.

If you believe you have been a victim of identity theft, do not wait to find out what the consequences will be. Contact the authorities before it is too late and some real damage is caused!

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