What would happen if you woke up tomorrow morning and learned that your identity had been stolen, your bank accounts had a zero balance, your credit rating is at zero, and someone else has received the refund on your IRS tax filing for 2011 ?. . Also, now consider that your two children’s social security numbers are in use by someone else and have been for years. How much would this upset you?….Especially if you had known that you had a way to get notification on this and take actions to prevent much of this plus more damage to your future lifestyles? This post is written for the purpose of informing you of the potential awesome consequences of identity theft as well as what you can do to avoid or repair most of the consequences. Authorities say that there is no way to stop the acts of identity theft…you can monitor for occurrences and take actions once it occurs. Thus the huge question is how long before you know and what can you do to repair the damage. Hopefully none of this ever happens to you…however these events are occurring every day to 25,000 to 30,000 citizens in the U.S.! Does this information provoke you to stop and think about the question…”Am I a responsible citizen about my identity…and that of my loved ones”? I am very pleased to learn of the CIMIP…an organization described below that is doing outstanding research and recommendations about Identity Management issues in the U.S. Obviously our U.S. Government is not solving the problem…and they won’t even touch an international scam issue with an American citizen according to my Senator. So the reality is that you and I my friend, must take responsibility for our own identity issues if we are to protect ourselves from exceptionally destructive actions…identity theft has been the greatest consumer crime for the past 12 years…now surpassing drug crimes…as only about 5% of those guilty are ever punished. So hat’s off to this organization…CIMIP…they define the problem and the issues very well and no doubt will make valuable and sound recommendations. The end question is…who will listen to what they have to say? This seems to me to be an issue that we cannot ask someone to responsibility for…we must do it ourselves.
The Center for Identity Management and Information Protection (CIMIP), housed at Utica College, New York, is a research collaborative dedicated to furthering a national research agenda on identity management, information sharing, and data protection. Founded in June 2006, its ultimate goal is to impact policy, regulation, and legislation, working toward a more secure homeland. You can double click on each of these below and get some great information! What is Identity Crime? Identity Theft Identity Fraud Identity Crime Example So what actions can you take now? First, understand the seriousness and potential results in case your identity is stolen. Read information like the CIMIP recommendations on their site. In addition to this I strongly recommend an economical protection and restoration package that I maintain on an ongoing monthly basis. The one that I recommend is an Identity Theft Shield package from what is considered to be the leading investigative firm around the world….Kroll Inc. This company provides unique services at very competitive prices…including identity monitoring and restoration. Further, Kroll Inc. sought out an attorney firm in 2003 as identity theft is a crime and attorneys are needed for taking the legal action necessary to bring the thieves to justice. LegalShield offers this Identity Theft Shield package from Kroll Inc. so as to provide you with the option of having both Identity Theft Protection and Legal Services…and for less than $1 per day on an ongoing monthly basis.
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