What You Need To Know To Prevent Identity Theft

By: Fred Jones

So you're on your computer browsing the internet, chatting away with your friends with instant messaging and then suddenly a new window pops up. Normally you would instantly close the window but the message that was on it intrigued you so you click on it and continue clicking until you arrive to a fill-out form. You mindlessly fill it out and then click the send button. Congratulations, your personal information has just been given out to the world for anyone to use.

Luckily for you they really can't do much with such pointless information except send you a lot of spam email that will just annoy you. But this is nothing compared to when you get your identity stolen from you. From public information such as your name, address and phone numbers people will take more personal information such as bank account numbers, credit card numbers and social security numbers.

Scary, isn't it? But it's the truth. And these people are doing it without you even knowing that you are a victim of identity theft. But the main concern is the people who are getting their identity stolen are at fault as well. They fall victims of identity theft because of their gullibility and ignorance of how scary the dark side of the world can really be.

One way of becoming a victim of identity theft is to have your wallet or purse stolen. This wouldn't be a problem if people knew about how people can steal your identity but there will always be people out there who are clueless of how people can steal your identity until it is too late. There are people out there who carry incredibly sensitive personal information that can compromise their security. One such item people are often known to carry is their social security card. With this an anonymous person can take the identity of another person and have access to many of their assets such as their savings and credit. Therefore it is wise to NOT carry such sensitive information with you.

Another way people can have their identity stolen is to buy items online from shady locations such as a store where things don't seem right whether it is an actual walk-in type store or even an online store. Most likely it will be some shady online store where you can have crucial information stolen from you such as your credit card number and many other information that can ruin your life. Before you decide to buy a product over the internet you should make sure that the retailer you are buying your product from is a certified retailer or you might be just handing them a blank check to your credit or savings.

People are too trusting these days but that doesn't meant that you need to be paranoid into thinking that everyone out in the world is your enemy. The best way to overcome this situation is to think for yourself rationally and choose the best decision available to you. Also keep in mind that not all the choices are laid about blatantly in front of you. Just because you don't see it doesn’t mean that it's not there. There are alternative choices you can make to make sure you don't become a victim to identity theft.

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