There’s nothing scarier than seeing a charge on your bank statement that you don’t recognise. Did you go onto Amazon after a couple of wines on Friday night or are you the victim of Identity Theft?
Identity Theft covers the use of someone’s personal details - this could be your bank details, your passport, or anything else that is unique to you - for nefarious purposes. This could be using your credit card to buy things or using your passport to open accounts or even pretending to be you in order to gain access to somewhere (even online). While it’s easy to imagine Identity Theft as something that could never happen to you, it’s more common than you think and almost a third of all Americans have been a victim of identity theft at some point.
So how do you stay safe? Keep your passwords secret, change them if you’ve been part of a data breach on any websites you use and don’t reply to weird emails or give personal information to cold callers!