The act of identity theft involves someone taking advantage of your private information, such as your Social Security number, name, birthdate, etc., to impersonate you. In most cases, they use this data to steal from you.
The problem is on the rise worldwide, and pandemic relief worsened in the U.S. as identity thieves pounced on unemployment benefits and relief checks.
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission says that over two million citizens in the America alone fell prey to ID theft in 2020. And the situation in Europe was every bit as bad, with 20% of the citizens also feeling the sting of stolen identities. It’s the second kind of fraud by frequency in the EU.
The usual targets for identity theft tend to be senior citizens and minors. The criminals know their craft and regard these groups as the easiest to exploit. It’s easier to squeeze out of them the information you need to usurp their identity. But make no mistake: Everybody is vulnerable, and identity theft can happen to anyone.
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