Do You Know What Thieves Do With Your Information once they stole it?
There is no doubt Identity Theft is growing at an extraordinary pace. Besides not many people know what the warning signs are that their identities are being compromised? Worse yet, most don’t know what thieves do with their information once it is in the thieves hands.
“Today, 1 in 10 American children and adults is the target of identity theft. Regarding the children, it could take several years before parents realize their children’s identities are being stolen,” said Delroy A. Whyte-Hall a leading LegalShield Independent Associate operating out of Hagerstown, Maryland.
“Once identity thieves have your personal information, they can drain your bank account, run up charges on your credit cards, open new utility accounts, or get medical treatment on your health insurance,” said Whyte-Hall.
The Legal and Identify Theft Protection Specialist even pointed out that once an identity thief has your information, he or she could “file a tax refund in your name and get your refund. In some extreme cases, a thief might even give your name to the police during an arrest.”
In an effort to help you safeguard you identity from identity thieves, Whyte-Hall provides the following clues that you’re your information has been stolen:
- You see withdrawals from your bank account that you can’t explain.
- You don’t get your bills or other mail.
- Merchants refuse your checks.
- Debt collectors call you about debts that aren’t yours.
- You find unfamiliar accounts or charges on your credit report.
- Medical providers bill you for services you didn’t use.
- Your health plan rejects your legitimate medical claim because the records show you’ve reached your benefits limit.
- A health plan won’t cover you because your medical records show a condition you don’t have.
- The IRS notifies you that more than one tax return was filed in your name, or that you have income from an employer you don’t work for.
- You get notice that your information was compromised by a data breach at a company where you do business or have an account.
“If your wallet, Social Security number, or other personal information is lost or stolen, there are several steps you can take to help protect yourself from identity theft.