Member Information
Get Connected
Search by Category
 Private Investigators
 Other PI Services

Hire a Private Investigator. Call Toll-Free 1-877-TOP-PICK or (1-877-867-7425)

Post articles View all articles Print article

Protect Yourself Against Identity Theft

Unfortunately identity theft is not a well-known type of crime, but is one of the top rising felonies in the world.

By Michael Russell

Unfortunately identity theft is not a well-known type of crime, but is one of the top rising felonies in the world. Most known cases take place (of course!) in America. The "land of the free" is actually too free when it comes to identity theft. Statistic, one in twenty adults are victims of one or more sorts of identity theft: stolen credit cards or credit cards numbers, social security numbers and other individual ID.

Identity Theft - Who Are the Criminals?

Let's start with what many dislike the most: illegal immigrants. No, they are not all bad, but some might use your SSN or date of birth to obtain a job.

But wait! Illegal immigrants are not as numerous as local criminals that sell your social security numbers to thousands of individuals who use it to obtain cash or a mortgage in your name.

And what about criminals that use false names and security numbers to protect their own identity? Those are not necessarily immigrants. Are you going to let yourself get arrested for their sake?

Protect Yourself Against Identity Theft

Have you lost or "misplaced" your credit card? Even if you don't believe it was stolen, don't wait too long to report the incident to the police and your bank. Keep in mind that it is not so easy to detect identity theft and when you do, it might be too late! Such a happening can seriously damage not only your financial status, but your reputation as well.

• It is not easy to protect yourself against identity theft, but if you run a credit report on yourself periodically you will certainly find out if anyone inquired a loan on your name.

• Do not keep too many bank accounts and cancel all your inactive ones. Keep your credit cards in place or limit their amount for safety reasons.

• Do not give important ID data to someone you don't know over the telephone. That includes: birthday, social security number, driver's license number, bank account, or other important ID details.

• Always shred documents containing these details when you no longer need them.

• Read all of your bills. Make sure they are yours before paying them!

• If you close a checking account, destroy all the remaining checks!

• Take care of your passwords and PIN numbers. Better: memorize them. With passwords, don't choose an easy one like your birthday or girl-, boyfriend's name!

• Try to give as little information as possible online. Think that by obtaining your place of birth any identity thief can duplicate your birth certificate and other important documents.

• Take care of your wallet and purse. Never leave your most important documents out of sight! Not at work, in a shop, in a waiting room. Nowhere!

Sometimes to track identity theft you need to hire a private investigator, as official ways take often too long. Don't believe you'll pay too much. Identity theft is one of those situations where time is really money! A private investigator may prove to be more of a saving than an expense.

Article Source:

Private Investigators   Show All articles
Search by Zip
  Enter Zip  search
Contact Private Investigators near you.
Firstname *
Lastname *
Email *
Phone *
Alt. Phone
Zip *
Brief reason to contact *
Los Angeles Private InvestigatorMIAMI-DADE Private InvestigatorCook Private Investigator
SAINT LOUIS Private InvestigatorHarris Private InvestigatorMaricopa Private Investigator
Orange Private InvestigatorSan Diego Private InvestigatorPRINCE GEORGES Private Investigator
Kings Private InvestigatorDade Private InvestigatorQueens Private Investigator
Dallas Private InvestigatorWayne Private InvestigatorKing Private Investigator
San Bernardino Private InvestigatorSanta Clara Private InvestigatorDEKALB Private Investigator
Broward Private InvestigatorDU PAGE Private InvestigatorRiverside Private Investigator
New York Private InvestigatorPhiladelphia Private InvestigatorMiddlesex Private Investigator
Tarrant Private InvestigatorAlameda Private InvestigatorSuffolk Private Investigator
Cuyahoga Private InvestigatorBexar Private InvestigatorClark Private Investigator
More information...
What are signs of a cheating spouse?
Generally these signs are displayed unknowingly by the cheater, therefore, it is easy to spot these sudden changes in behavior. These signs should only be used as a tool to gauge your suspicions....
Why do you need a private investigator?
Private investigations are deemed legal or at least not disallowed in most of the world today. It's a known fact that the legal proceedings sometimes go inconclusive due to a lack of strong evidence. ...
How to Become a Private Investigator
Though there are no formal qualifications required to become a private investigator, it is advantageous to have good general education. ...
Skip Tracing
A skip tracer’s services may be required to – repossess something like a mobile home, collect outstanding debts, find life insurance beneficiaries, locate a long lost friend...
Identity Theft
In 2004, over 9.9 million Americans were victims of identity theft scams and close to $5 billion were lost. ...
Process Serving
The legal procedures in the United States of America require that each party involved in a case needs to be duly notified of any action that can be taken against them in a court of law...
Background Screening
Companies hire services of investigating agencies or background screening agencies for a fee. Many commercial websites offer specific searches for employers based on their requirements. ...
Data Profiling
Data profiling is used in security, law enforcement and intelligence operations for a variety of applications — for example, to assess "trust" for security clearances or to grant authorization etc....
Private Detectives: Nature of Work
Private detectives and investigators offer many services, including executive, corporate, and celebrity protection; pre-employment verification; and individual background profiles. ...
Miranda Warning
A police warning that is given to criminal suspects...
Fictional Detectives
The first two Bond film adaptations featured more investigative work than their successors...
Who is a Detective?
Detective is an investigator, either a member of a police agency or a private person. Private detectives usually operate commercially and are licensed....

Contact Us | Site Map | RSS Feeds | Articles | Jobs | All Members | Popular Searches | Popular Questions | Private Investigator Blog