How quickly can someone steal your identity?

Identity Theft

Identity theft has been on the rise for some time now, and we’ve all heard the horror stories in the media of people’s lives being destroyed when people run up debts in their name. Many people naively think they’re not at risk of identity theft; maybe they shred their bank statements or credit card statements and ensure to cut up old debit and credit cards. But there are many more things a fraudster can use to steal your identity, and it doesn’t take them much to get hold of the information they need.

Sometimes you may carelessly throw out a letter without thinking, or you may even lose or have your wallet stolen, and any potential fraudster would be looking to find out anything and everything about you to horde as much information as possible. While many people may take precautions against protecting their personal data when it comes to the obvious, there are many things we leave unconsidered and unsecured, particularly in this modern era where social networks rule. If your social networking account (Facebook for instance) is compromised, a person could easily find out many details about you, from your address to your date of birth, e-mail address, schools attended, workplace, friends and in worst case scenarios even more private details by reading your conversations you believe to be private.

There are many more opportunities for potential fraudsters to strike now in the world of technology, with fake websites and phishing emails you may believe to be genuine, set up to find and steal your details. Fake job opportunities can also be an issue, which you may apply for using your CV, providing them with details including your name, address, telephone number, date of birth, employment history and maybe more. To be completely safe you should make sure that you’re being just as careful with your data online as you would be in other real world situations.

If you’re concerned about the security of your private information, personal details or any possible compromise which could lead to the theft your identity, hiring a private investigator can be an efficient solution. Call Insight Investigations now on 0800 14 55 123 for more information on how a private investigator could help you to protect your identity.