Identity theft is alive and well and has been since before 2006. This is when I began studying this silent crime. I have found that many individuals do not fully understand the impact of identity theft. I will give a brief synopsis of just a few.
Medical ID Theft – when someone steals or uses your personal information (like your name, Social Security number, or Medicare number), to submit fraudulent claims to Medicare and other health insurers without your authorization.
Driver’s License -includes the use of another person’s identity, the submission of counterfeit identity documents, and all other activities intended to obtain a driver license or ID card by a person or for a person who is not eligible for issuance of such a document.
Financial – someone uses another person’s identity or information to obtain credit, goods, services, or benefits.
Criminal – Someone commits a crime in your name by using fake documents and becoming you
Child – the use of a child’s name and Social Security number to obtain a residence, find employment, obtain loans, or avoid arrest on outstanding warrants. Often, the victim is a family member, the child of a friend, or someone close the thief knows.
Synthetic – a type of fraud in which a criminal combines real (usually stolen) and fake information to create a new identity, which is used to open fraudulent accounts and make fraudulent purchases. Synthetic identity theft allows the criminal to steal money from any credit card companies or lenders who extend credit based on the fake identity
Social Security – can be used to apply for credit cards and loans and then not pay outstanding balances. Fraudsters can also use your number to receive medical, disability, and other benefits.
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Rita H. Pinder
Pinder, Pinder & Associates, LLC
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