How do you know if your identity has been tampered with?
There are a few different events or signs that should make you wary.
Some of them include the following:
1. Some of the mail that you regularly get each month suddenly stops showing up in your mailbox.
2. One of your checking or savings accounts shows some unusual activity.
3. A debt collector contacts you for an issue that you know isn’t yours.
4. Your debit or credit card statement shows an unusual charge that you didn’t make.
5. An insurance company contacts you regarding a claim or issue that you have never heard of before.
6. A state or federal taxing authority, such as the IRS, contacts you about an issue for the first time.
7. The police contact you about something that you weren’t involved with.
8. You receive a confirmation letter or email regarding a change in your account details with that company.
9. A financial organization that you belong to experiences a serious data breach and your personal details may have been compromised.
10. You lost or had a computer or smartphone stolen.
11. You either lost or have your wallet, purse or luggage stolen.
12. Your credit report shows one or more accounts that you know isn’t yours.
13. You find some serious malware or other virus on your computer. And you think it may have been on it for some time.
14. A medical-related organization or other company you have never done business with sends you a statement.
15. Your home was broken into and some financial and personal documents were taken.
Okay, now just because one of these things have happened to you, it doesn't necessarily prove that someone is messing with your identity, but it definitely means that you need to on your guard, watch out and be careful.
You can read more about each of these points at the detection page of our website -- http://www.IdentityTheftHelp.com/Detection/ or at the federal website of http://www.IdentityTheft.gov.