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When you invest a few minutes on the subject of identity theft….which should be at the top of your priority list for you and those that you love…we can find some very interesting information. I found this incredible story yesterday about a young woman in San Francisco that recognized from bank videos the person in Starbucks that stole her identity…and chased down her identity thief through the streets of San Francisco…no easy task…and called 911…asked a cab driver to stop because the woman was a thief…and the police came and arrested her…the victim showed incredible courage and determination to have this person arrested. This brave and determined young woman victim is named Karen Lodrick…and you can begin to learn about her here…she is a heroic young woman!
Fortunately, the San Francisco media heard the story and it was reported on Good Morning America in the following filmclip…
As you heard in the video, the thief received 43 days in jail and 3 months probation…a trifling sentence for all the trauma that she put Karen through. This is incredibly unfair to the victim…and it sends no message to the thief that if you do this you will be punished. Until we recognize the seriousness of and punish criminals for these kinds of crimes on our fellow man, then we will only see an increase in the activity.
It seems to me that our country should be focused on the welfare and security of the U.S. citizens no matter what the circumstances. However, our focus has declined to that of providing for those who can game or beat the system..here is an identity thief who has taken horrendous advantage of someone else’s financial welfare….and essentially has no punishment. Is this what we are promoting in America?..Take what you can if you can get away with it? There should be serious laws and regulations to deal with identity theft. It does not even get enough serious attention of the media, this story being a wonderful exception, much less the legislative, judicial and executive branches of government. This country has a wonderful Constitution that protects the rights of it’s citizens….we need to make sure that our politicians ensure these rights and our media is responsible to the citizens consistently.
Karen Lodrick has proceeded to become an advocate, teacher, and speaker about Identity Theft. Her life will never be the same since that event. And she is one of the few that at least caught the perpetrator. And because of our laws…there was minimum justice.
It is highly recommended that you inform yourself and your friends that there are alternative identity theft protection which is much preferred by those who have been informed about the differences. Once someone’s identity has been stolen, the preferable solution is restoration to the original status before the theft. This includes credit positions, positions with banks, drivers licenses, social security numbers, medicare records, medical records, and many agencies that have your data. Very few people are aware that preventing identity theft is virtually impossible. Even more do not realize what courses of action must be taken once their identity has been stolen. Very few people realize that in order to restore your identity that it will take many hours and typically years of effort to contact all of the parties that have your identity data that may have been negatively impacted. Do you know in how many digital data bases your personal identity resides? And in what locations, companies, government agencies, hospitals, employers, stores, suppliers could your data be located?
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