Know the risks
Identity theft happens when criminals get a hold of your sensitive personal information to take out loans, open fraudulent accounts, falsify tax returns, purchase properties, and use your good name to break the law.
There were over 1,000 breaches in 2020. Even with over 164 million exposed records, many breaches left the number of compromised records undiscovered.1
While hacking makes up 91% of data attacks, not all threats to information happen online. Physical documents, institutional records, and lost wallets can also be used to expose sensitive information and commit identity theft. Criminals have many ways to access personal information, and some of them are completely out of your control.
…No matter how careful you are, your information can be stolen
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Identity thieves are the new pickpockets, but what they steal is more personal and damaging than cash or personal items.
Some of the most targeted pieces of information, such as full names and Social Security numbers, don’t change often over the course of a lifetime. When stolen and used by an identity thief, these more permanent pieces of information can’t be easily changed to resolve the problem.
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Identity thieves are the new pickpockets, but what they steal
is more personal and damaging than cash or personal items.
Some of the most targeted pieces of information, such as full
names and Social Security numbers, don’t change often over the
course of a lifetime. When stolen and used by an identity thief,
these more permanent pieces of information can’t be easily
changed to resolve the problem.
Unlike other types of theft, identity theft hurts more than just your bank account.
Identity theft can affect your life options and basic necessities. When your identity has been compromised it can lead to false criminal charges, bank account charges, and a lowered credit score. It can eventually result in job loss, reduced access to housing, and the inability to attain credit cards, student loans, personal loans, and/or mortgages.
The consequences can extend much deeper. According to a report from the SANS Institute, once stolen, it could take up to 6 years to recover your identity. It may even result in lost wages if you have to take time off work.
There’s a lot of variety and complexity possible for every identity theft case. Simple protective measures, like annually checking credit reports, no longer cut it. It’s necessary to have a comprehensive and proactive approach to identity protection.
It’s important to know about your financial health, just like it’s important to know about your physical health. Your credit gets a regular checkup as part of your Complete ID membership.
Don’t get lost in the labyrinth of processes required to resolve ID theft. Our specialists know all the routes and pitfalls no matter the type of theft, so you can have years of expertise at your back when tackling your case.
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2Statista.com – 2020: Annual number of data breaches and exposed records in the United States from 2005 to 2020
4Child monitoring includes up to 5 children under the age of 18. One-time Parent/Legal Guardian verification is required to receive alert details for children.