Guide 2 Identity Theft - How To Protect Yourself
Guide 2 Identity Theft
What is Identity Theft
How It Happens
Types of Identity Theft
Commercial Identity Theft
Watch Out For
Credit Card Risks
Debit & ATM Cards
Spoofs & Phishing
Unsolicited Card Offers
Credit Reporting Agencies
If Your Identity Is Stolen
Guide 2 Identity Theft > If Your Identity Is Stolen
What to Do If Your Identity Has Been Stolen
If your identity has been stolen, the first thing that you need to do is to work out what your exposure might be and take immediate steps to minimise your exposure to further losses.
Depending on exactly what has happened, your immediate actions may entail, for example, one or all of the following:
Procedures are in place for you to lodge a fraud alert with credit reporting agencies in most countries, which will make it more difficult for an identity thief to exploit your identity.
There is sympathy for victims of identity theft, and if you approach the problem calmly and focus on the facts you will soon find a large team of others affected all working with you to solve the problems and to clear your name.
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