Ya know son, identity theft is a crime in which someone wrongfully obtains and uses another person's personal data, usually for monetary gain.
Wow that's so interesting
YEAH! So I know you were thinking this: "How does somebody deter identity theft?" Well, it's simple!
Avoid carrying all of your credit cards and ID's with you at once. Be aware of your ATM surroundings. Destroy your copy of car rental agreements after renting. Store personal information carefully. Shred unwanted documents. Review bank and credit card statements. Review your annual earnings statement. Sing up for the National Do Not Call Registry List.
GUYS!! MY PURSE WAS STOLEN, AND I THINK MY IDENTITY WAS TOO!
You could always review your latest transactions with the credit card company. In the future, make sure you are also getting free credit reports, they are very valuable.
Now that your identity has been stolen, you can defend yourself. Contact many credit bureaus, and they will help you make this criminal pay. You should also complete an Identity Theft Report through the Federal Trade Commission.
I just got off the phone with the credit card company, and my identity was stolen and transactions were made on my credit card.