What is Identity Theft?

Identity theft involves the use of someone’s personal information, such as their name, date of birth and address, without their permission, to achieve financial gains. It brings to mind images of someone putting on a mask and pretending to be someone else. In fact, this is kind of what happens. A thief steals your name and financial information and pretends to be you.

Identity theft is easier when thieves can get their hands on the information that they can use to shop for items that they can buy via credit card. In Europe, identity theft is not as widespread as in the United States, where credit card use is more common.

 

 

Identity theft is also hampered in Europe by the limited use of social security numbers. They are only used for receiving retirement benefit checks or cashing retirement benefit checks.

Identity thieves don’t stop at using one credit card so you should monitor all of them. They go all the way with your personal information, sometimes opening accounts at banks in your name, shopping for goods or getting new credit cards in your name, or getting loans in your name.

 

Pension Funds and Taxes

Pension Funds and Taxes https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/fa/Stacks_of_money.jpg

 

Some persons try to keep watch on their personal finances by monitoring the charges on their credit card every month and investing in credit monitoring services. It also helps to check your credit score every now and again. There are many free resources online that give a lot of tips-such as not linking your accounts and designing good passwords- on how to protect your identity. One of those is Identitytheft.com.

If fraudulent charges are seen on your credit card statement, one of the first things you will need to do is report the matter to your bank. After that, you may need to file a police report.

 


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