Identity theft might sound a pretty complex way of stealing and it often confuses
about what exactly is being stolen. Stating in simple terms identity theft is
a process when someone tries to fake your identity by using fraudulent means
and thus take undue advantage in many ways. Identity theft is more about stealing
information initially and then manipulating that information to take over the
real identity. For example, if some one steals your credit card and makes purchases
on your behalf, or someone getting hold of your personal details and creating
a false credit history on your name, or someone grabbing your credit information
and using for his own benefits. It might look naive but honestly, there are
really simple ways in which identity can be stolen. Here are few of them.
If somebody can steal your wallet or read your mails, get alerted. You can
be a victim of identity theft. Unused and unattended credit card lying here
and there are the foremost cause of identity theft. Add to it a cluttered unorganized
mailbox, (yes we are talking of snail mail or physical mails as they are known
in modern times) and the chances of identity theft increase.
Are pre approved credit cards lying in your mailbox, eating dust? Take charge
grab them and destroy them as soon as possible ( if you don't need them). Identity
thieves sense these unattended pre-approved offers as golden opportunity to
snatch your identity.
Having weak passwords on your bank accounts, mailbox and computer logins? Identity
hackers can break through your accounts easily. Technology has grown and more
and more strict online password security measures are adopted by companies,
but the hackers are still a step ahead. And if you don't use a secure password,
you are an easy bait for password breaking programs, and identity theft.
Do you easily drool and get lured by a sweet talking lady on phone asking for your personal
details and shell out all of your vital personal data?
You are in for a big big shock. Don't get surprised if after one such call you
find someone else taking charge of your accounts. It was your mistake you did
give your personal details and vital numbers to a stranger. This is a very simple
and effective means used to get personal information which is later used for
Nothing is more insecure than filling a form on internet, unless the website
clearly details how it will use your personal data. While shopping online you
are often asked for personal and financial details, it is like baring everything
before a computer. And imagine what can happen if that information is misused
or traded across parties? You are doomed.
Identity theft is a relatively new phenomenon but the basics of stealing are
the same. The identity thieves are constantly looking for someone careless enough
to catch hold on and take control. Are you the next one?