There were more than 1,300 breaches in 2019. Even with a confirmed 163,600,000+ records exposed, many breaches left the number of compromised records undiscovered.1 With the massive scale and frequency of today’s breaches, it’s become a matter of when your information will be stolen.
Anything suspicious in your report could be a potential sign of identity theft. Monitor your credit regularly to detect fraudulent accounts.
If you’re missing mail or receiving notices for things you didn’t purchase, it’s possible that you are experiencing identity theft. These warning signs can be easily overlooked and may be indicators of certain types of identity theft.
Any unauthorized transactions, password changes, or newly opened accounts may be a sign of identity fraud. Checking your bank accounts regularly can help, but you may lose access to them if identity thieves change your account information.
Don’t turn a blind eye to the steady stream of data breach announcements. Some of these breaches may impact you if they involve: social platforms where you are active, services or subscriptions, or your place of work.
Errors on your medical records or insurance statements should be addressed quickly as they can result in fraudulent medical debt and even lead to dangerously inaccurate medical treatment. Despite the high stakes of medical ID theft, with victims losing more money on average than other types of theft, many consumers are unaware of the risks.
If you’re a victim of criminal identity theft you can find signs of it in your criminal record. This type of theft is important to catch early before it can lead to potential legal consequences or loss of employment. Identity thieves may misuse your information in other states and it’s difficult to monitor all the records necessary for detection on your own.
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