In an effort to follow the most widespread forms of identity theft and keep the public informed of these threats, the non-profit Identity Theft Resource Center keeps up with the types of calls that come into its 24-hour free call center. While the ITRC typically releases news of the types of ID theft that have the highest numbers of calls each month, last month provided some interesting and very telling insight into identity theft.
Identity theft is a crime that impacts millions of people a year; it can be unsettling and upsetting, to say the least. The process of cleaning up the aftermath of identity theft can lead to feelings of powerlessness, embarrassment, and frustration, feelings that no one should have to endure. If your identity has been compromised in some way, it’s important that you understand what steps you can take in order to relinquish those feelings and move forward.
Each month, the Identity Theft Resource Center tracks the calls that come into its non-profit, 24-hour call center in order to get a better picture of the types of crimes that are affecting consumers’ personally identifiable information. Last month, the top crime was once again financial identity theft, with 61% of the call volume for January 2015 reporting this crime.
If you’re like most people, your experience with a court of law might be pretty limited. Other than the occasional jury duty summons, most citizens are happy about not having to spend much time dealing with the legal system. Unfortunately, that can lead to feelings of being overwhelmed or ignorant of the process if you’re a victim of identity theft.
When identity theft first became a recognized crime, it looked a lot different than it does today. Back then, even as recently as the 1980s, a thief had to get access to your physical documentation, your actual checkbook, or even your credit card information in order to do a lot of damage with your information. While the internet has made this crime far easier than in the past, the positive flip side is that law enforcement officials are far more knowledgeable and proactive about it than they were when these confusing cases first appeared. New laws have also been written since those days, meaning the police now have concrete charges they can file against a thief.