Picture this. You sit down one morning to check your online banking account and see a number of charges that you don’t recognize—some are even out of state and you haven’t been traveling! You also check your credit card statement and find that you have no available balance because of purchases made that you don’t remember making.
The sinking suspicion you feel is correct- you are a victim of identity theft!
Out of every 100,000 people, roughly 67 report an identity theft claim. Identity theft scams are on the rise and, despite the perception, it is not just the elderly who fall victim to them. The criminals that want your information and intend to assume your identity have proven that they will go to any length to get it- stealing mail, using internet pop-ups, and some get it from the most reliable source- YOU.