I became a victim of identity theft back in 2009. That was one of the worse days of my life. I felt helpless, violated and angry. Even though I know that 1 in 4 people will either experience identity theft on a personal level or they know someone whose experienced it…I still never thought it would happen to me. I mean, I’m pretty careful with my credit cards and I check my bank accounts a couple of times a day. I always try to shred mail and other documents that have pertinent information on them. How in the world could this have happened to me?
So you can imagine how shocked I was to learn that someone had stolen my identity by filing a bogus federal tax return in my name. Because we live in the technical age this type of identity theft has become more common. To make matters worse, the IRS is aware that this type of identity theft exists but is doing little to stop or prevent it.
Tax return fraud is just one of the many types of identity theft that’s prevalent today and as you read this, thieves are searching for cleverer ways to commit this crime. Don’t let it happen to you…take strategic steps to protect your identity.
Below are some tips on the types of ID Theft and ways you can prevent this from happening to you.