Life experience teaches most people that you’ve got to take the bad along with the good, and that certainly applies to the super-connected digital world we live in today. As convenient as it is to shop online or purchase a latte using a cell phone, there are risks inherent in all technologies. As our personal information gets shot around the world at the speed of light through fiber optic cables and cellular networks and is ultimately stored on some server somewhere, it is vulnerable to cyber criminals who specialize in stealing the identities of random people, and using that information for their own personal gain. Virtually everyone is vulnerable to identity theft, so here are some signs to watch for that may indicate that you have become a victim.
#1 Telephone calls
Be wary if you start receiving phone calls from credit card companies, collection agencies or other creditors who tell you that you have unpaid bills. It’s common for identity thieves to take out loans that they never make payments on, and to purchase as many items as they think they can get away with on a credit card issued in someone else’s name. Eventually, the calls from debt collectors will start to come in for any loans or debt that has your name on it.