Identity theft in one form or another has been around for a long time. However, the advancement of technology has allowed criminals to take advantage of hard-working people by stealing personal information and using it to commit all types of crimes.
We can't stop identity theft from happening, but we can be better prepared to defend against it. If we take steps to protect our personal information, we can stop identity theft quicker and the recovery will be easier.
Identity theft or identity fraud has been around for a very long time. In general it occurs when someone else obtains some or all of your personal information and uses it to buy products, services, get a job, buy a home and even have children all in your good name. It can be difficult to discover and resolve.
Sometimes bad things happen to good people for no reason. You become a victim from a random event. You can be diligent in managing your personal information by implementing consistent behavior. Developing good cyber habits and thinking logically before responding to any event is a good start. Remember, you may do everything right and still find yoursef a victim of identity theft
Your initial response may be shock, emotion and then...How do I fix this? Who you call will depend on what information was taken, when and for how long it's been used. You may find you'll file reports with several different law enforcement agencies, or business vendors. It may take a long time to resolve and cost you money, an attorney's time, and time away from your job.