Technological advancements in today’s society have changed nearly every aspect of everyday life. From communicating with loved ones to shopping for goods and services, all you need seems to only be a click or swipe away. Despite all the good that comes from the convenience of technology and online abilities, it’s easier now than ever to fall prey to identity theft thanks to the presence of malware and malicious phishing scams. Even so, there are guidelines you can follow to protect your identity. But more on that later; let’s first delve deeper into what identity theft is.
Identity theft is a criminal act that occurs whenever a thief steals a person’s identity to carry out a fraudulent act. Identities can be stolen when thieves get ahold of personal information (e.g., full name, social security number, credit card information, account numbers, etc.). In addition to traditional methods, such as mail and telephone, thieves can use malware and various online scams to obtain this information. Unfortunately, people oftentimes do not realize their identities have been stolen until they notice something is financially amiss (e.g., unexpected credit collections, receipt of shady bills, etc.). Additionally, there are different types of identity theft you should be aware of, and they include:
To keep your identity safe, it’s a great idea to follow these tips:
You can find more tips about how to protect yourself from identity theft here.
Identity theft is a serious criminal offense that brings along with it consequences for both the thief and, unfortunately, the victim. If you’ve fallen prey to an identity thief, and need legal advice about what to do next, please call the attorneys at Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant at (940) 387-3518, or contact us here. We’ll be happy to be of assistance in any way we can!
"Absolute best in the business hands down! Don White is absolutely amazing wouldn’t ever consider using anyone else, we highly recommend this firm!" - Alyssa McKissaack
"The best! Richard has been my family’s attorney for 35 years. Integrity best describes Richard Hayes." - John Grafa
"From my first meeting with Mr. Berry and his staff, I was immediately relieved. The bankruptcy process was explained to me simply and objectively and I was made to feel at ease through the entire ordeal. I was especially impressed by his helpful and knowledgeable assistant, Jackie Cox. I would hope to be able to retain Byron Berry for any future needs." - Anonymous
"Great Firm with Great Lawyers! It was a great pleasure working with William and his team." - Collin R. Geis