Identity theft is a serious crime. It occurs when your personal information is stolen and used without your knowledge to commit fraud or other crimes. Identity theft can happen anytime, anywhere.
1 in 25 people worldwide become a new victim of identity theft every 4 seconds.
However many people are still under the misconception that identity theft won’t happen to them, so they leave themselves vulnerable to ID thieves who are becoming increasingly more sophisticated. Are you one of these people?
People whose identities have been stolen can spend months or years and thousands of dollars cleaning up the mess the thieves have made of their good name and credit record. In the meantime, victims of identity theft may lose job opportunities, be refused loans for education, housing, or cars, and even get arrested for crimes they didn't commit.
Did You Know?
Well over 200 million personal data records were lost or exposed in the US in the last 2 years. Over 3 million valid Social Security numbers are traded online annually. Your risks are great – in terms of lost wages, personal time lost, out-of-pocket expenses and piece of mind.
According to the Privacy Rights Clearing House, “Identity Theft is the fastest growing crime in America today. It is the only crime where the suspect is presumed innocent before proven guilty, and the victim is presumed guilty until proven innocent.”
- ID thieves may open a new credit card account in your name by simply using your Social Security number and birth-date. When they use the card and don’t pay the bill – the delinquent account shows up on your credit report – impacting your ability to obtain credit for up to ten years.
- Some thieves establish cell phone or utility service in your name.
- Others open a bank account in your name and write bad checks on that account.
- Still others may use your Social Security number and ID to gain employment, file taxes, obtain medical services; or worse, use your identity when committing a serious crime.
Protect yourself today! While your identity is still your own!
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