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Identity theft isn't just a case of account fraud where someone steals your credit card information when your identity is stolen a criminal can use your social security number to get a job rent an apartment or even take out a loan and do it all in your name in some cases criminals are even filing tax returns and victims names and taking their tax refunds a victim of identity theft could go months before they even notice that something strange is going on the tip-off could be a past due notice in the mail or a phone call from a collection agency about debt that isn't theirs by that point a lot of damage could have been done if you notice something wrong the most important thing is to act quickly identity theft is becoming pretty common but it's still a hard crime for authorities to track so most victims have to be very proactive in getting their identity back under their control think about it this way you're going to be your own best detective on the case so let's go through the steps you'll need to take to get your finances and credit back under your control the first step to take as soon as you suspect identity theft is to file what's called an initial fraud alert with a credit reporting agency businesses have to check your credit report to open new lines of credit so if they see there's a fraud alert on your report they may try to contact you to verify your identity before doing so which will make it harder for a criminal to open a new account in your name to file an alert you can call one of the three major credit reporting agencies Experian Equifax or TransUnion and tell a representative that you're an identity theft victim and want to place an initial fraud alert on your file it actually doesn't matter which one you call because whichever one you choose is required to notify the other two it's free and the alert will stay on your account for 90 days for even more protection you might also want to put a credit freeze on file with all three credit reporting agencies a credit freeze means that no creditors like a bank or a business that offers store credit cards can look at your report without your permission this can make it harder for a criminal to open a new account in your name you can lift a credit freeze at any time or lift it temporarily so someone you authorized can look at your report in most states setting up a credit freeze is often free for victims of identity theft or there may be a small fee ten dollars or so the length of a phrase also varies by state you can visit your state's attorney general's office website for more details to request a credit freeze you'll need to contact each of the three credit

FAQ

How common is identity theft?
Not as prevalent as the media would have you believe.While fraud has been on the increase for last two decades since criminals figured out that drug dealing and armed robbery will usually net them less money and longer prison sentences, most are still stealing people’s identities to commit criminal acts. Most of what is called “identity theft” is actually just run-of-the-mill credit card fraud which has existed since credit cards were issued. True identity theft is actually very rare.The true horror stories about people becoming long-term impersonators of others, using their identities to drain pension funds and bank accounts, or even filing deeds and selling other people’s homes are very rare. Most people are aware enough of their finances and aren’t distracted by other things so that ID thieves can really harm them seriously. For now most of the damage that is down is to credit card companies and banks that have to write off losses due to fraud.Having said that, in the near future with improvements digital printing, with the increase of people using cloud storage for their personal information and as credit restrictions caused by the mortgage debacle lessen, identity fraud may truly become the dangerous crime that the media has been hyping it up to be.
What are good ways to protect yourself from identity theft?
Hi! There are many ways to prevent identity theft prevention. Of course, the first and foremost way would be to safeguard your private information like social security numbers, credit/debit card information, bank account details, etc. Sharing them via social media or e-mails is highly dubious as well as prone to theft. Try to share these kinds of details on call or in person.Another thing that is taking over the identity theft prevention milieu is performing KYC on a person before you begin dealing with them. There are many e-KYC softwares available today. The hottest one on the market now-a-days is Shufti Pro (Quick & Secure Digital Verification in Real Time - Shufti Pro).Shufti Pro performs quick, real-time digital identity verification for you and checks the authenticity of your customer and their legal documents. If they are not a fraud, then you can continue to perform business with them. Shufti Pro is cost and time effective and 99% accurate. I’m sure that you won’t be disappointed if you choose Shufti Pro! Do check out their link for more information. :)(Disclaimer: I'm an employee at Shufti Pro and hence, closely familiar with its workings. I highly recommend the app, not because of my affiliation with it, but because of its accuracy, efficiency and prowess.)
My ID and computer were stolen out of my car. How can I prevent identity theft?
You can’t.If someone is planning on using your identity for theft, there is nothing that you can do to prevent it.You can, however, mitigate it by taking several steps:File a police report - In the report, detail all of the items which were taken, no matter how insignificant that you think that they are.Contact all of your credit issuers and your bank and have your cards cancelled - The sooner that you do this, the better. Credit card companies legally can only hold you responsible for the first $50 in charges (almost all of them waive the charges) and your bank has to replace any fraudulent withdrawals made from your account as long as you report the theft within 60 days.Place a fraud alert on your credit reports - This will be a huge pain in the ass for as long as you have it on them, but it will prevent people from easily receiving credit using your identity.Contact the local library if you have a card and tell them that you have lost your card - Many people forget this and it’s a bad idea to do so because A) A crook can check numerous new and expensive books and videos on your account and sell them. B) The crook can have the library give them a copy of the form that you completed to obtain your card. That document has personal information on it which may not have been in your wallet.Check your driving record with your state licensing agency - The crook may attempt to pass himself off as you during traffic stops and that could lead to your being fined or arrested for outstanding traffic violations. Also, you might wish to check to see if any titles were issued to you for any vehicles that you may own or not own as crooks can use your ID to get a new title for your vehicle and either get a loan against it or steal it later and then sell it.Contact your medical insurer - A crook can use your medical insurance card to charge healthcare and dental work and to obtain prescription medicines (especially painkillers) to sell.Check your cell provider and see if additional phones or mobile devices have been issued in your name - A crook could obtain numerous new phones on your account and then sell them at a profit. Or use them until they are caught.Check your state’s corporation bureau/Secretary of State - A crook (or whoever he sells your identity papers to) could start a business using your information. This could put you tens of thousands of dollars in debt (or more) and result in numerous agencies looking for you (actually, the crook pretending to be you) for a wide variety charges.Keep a copy of your police report with you at all times - While the police have grown used to ID fraud, some may still detain or arrest you if you are pulled over. Having a copy of the report will make things far less difficult if you are stopped or detained.Expect the unexpected - There many ways that your ID can be misused by a skilled ID thief. From buying aircraft and boats on your credit, to purchasing firearms, to obtaining Internet service in your name and then using it for fraud or for downloading child pornography, if your identity is indeed compromised, you should ready for whatever might happen.Good Luck.
What can I do to charge my wife with identity theft, and how can I find out what she's been doing?
Oh Geez, Paul. I’m assuming you don’t talk to your wife much, as this seems to be a pressing and very private, urgent matter to discuss with her, and not discuss with all of e-us (up to 7 billion online users and me reading this)! What has happened that makes you believe your wife has done this? Why don’t you ask her about this? If you can’t trust her, then perhaps hire a private investigator to review her whereabouts, but in even advising that, I find that to be a pathetic suggestion for you, in that if you’re married, then you need to talk to her - at once! And if you can’t do that, then why the heck are you married? I wish you luck, Paul. Let us know what happens!
How are you protecting yourself from identity theft?
Identity theft is a very serious offense that can ruin your finances and credit scores. The effects of identity theft are so devastating that it is difficult to compensate for the loss.Here are some steps that help you prevent identity theft:Create strong passwords – Create strong passwords using random combinations of letters, numbers, symbols or special characters. Make sure you create different passwords for different accounts. If needed, you can change them also from time to time.Shred your sensitive documents – Never toss your sensitive information like your bank details or receipts in the trash. Always dispose it properly using a cross-cut shredder or shredding service.Always check and monitor your credit reports – Ensure that your check your credit reports occasionally. You can request one free credit report every four months and review it to scan for any incorrect information.Protect your Social Security number – Do not share your personal login credentials with any one at any cost. Never keep your social security numbers in purse or wallets.Be cautious when using social media – Be smart when updating your personal information like your birthdays, addresses or contact details. Make sure you strengthen your privacy settings. Also, be careful when accepting friend requests or connectionsKeep your phones safe – Make sure you secure your phone by keeping screen locks or put passwords, disable Bluetooth when not using it and be careful while downloading any free software version.Learn how to detect phishing frauds – Do not open any unsolicited email attachments, embedded links, SMS or answer any phone call asking to reveal your personal information.Review and monitor your financial statements – If you find any suspicious activity in your bank or credit card accounts, report it to your respective bank immediately.Secure your mails – Swipe off unknown mails to prevent identity theft. Using a locked mailbox or P.O. Box is a good idea
How do I submit income tax returns online?
Here is a step by step guide to e-file your income tax return using ClearTax. It is simple, easy and quick.From 1st July onwards, it is mandatory to link your PAN with Aadhaar and mention it in your IT returns. If you have applied for Aadhaar, you can mention the enrollment number in your returns.Read our Guide on how to link your PAN with Aadhaar.Step 1.Get startedLogin to your ClearTax account.Click on ‘Upload Form 16 PDF’ if you have your Form 16 in PDF format.If you do not have Form 16 in PDF format click on ‘Continue Here’Get an expert & supportive CA to manage your taxes. Plans start @ Rs.799/-ContinueWhat are you looking for?Account & Book KeepingCompany RegistrationGST RegistrationGST Return FilingIncome Tax FilingTrademark RegistrationOtherStep 2.Enter personal infoEnter your Name, PAN, DOB and Bank account details.Step 3.Enter salary detailsFill in your salary, employee details (Name and TAN) and TDS.Tip: Want to claim HRA? Read the guide.Step 4.Enter deduction detailsEnter investment details under Section 80C(eg. LIC, PPF etc., and claim other tax benefits here.Tip: Do you have kids?Claim benefits on their tuition fees under Section 80CStep 5.Add details of taxes paidIf you have non-salary income,eg. interest income or freelance income, then add tax payments that are already made. You can also add these details by uploading Form 26ASStep 6.E-file your returnIf you see “Refund” or “No Tax Due” here, Click on proceed to E-Filing.You will get an acknowledgement number on the next screen.Tip: See a “Tax Due” message? Read this guide to know how to pay your tax dues.Step 7: E-VerifyOnce your return is file E-Verify your income tax return