Stealing From "Yourself"
We all know that identity theft is a big problem in the United States. In fact 12.6 million people had their identities stolen in 2012, and I don’t know about you but I would rather not be one of those people. But how does someone steal your identity? How can you stop this from happening? Why would someone even want to do this? Well let us start with answering the first question:
When someone steals your identity they obtain information about you that they can use for themselves to pretend to be you. This includes your credit card number, home address, name, debit cards, demographic information. Basically if a piece of paper is presented asking all your information this thief can fill it out pretending to be you.
Secondly how to protect yourself; you can go to protection agencies who will provide you with special software, but that is expensive. The best advice is just do not be stupid with your computer, credit cards, phone, debit cards, personal accounts. Shred important documents some people may look through your trash to steal your identity.
Someone may want to steal your identity for a number of reasons:
-Financially they made need money and just happen to choose you
-Someone finds your laptop
-You go to a Phishing website (where people fish for your information in your computer through viruses and hacks)
-They may not like you and want to get back at you
Countless reasons exist but one thing is for sure, you need it to end. Call your local police station and see the progression of steps that you need to take in order to get your own identity back.