The Basics of Identity Theft
By Jake Stroup, About.com Guide
What Is Identity Theft
Most people think of credit cards and bank accounts when they think of identity theft. It's important to understand the wider range of areas you can become a victim, if you want to protect yourself.
- The 7 Types of Identity Theft
- What Is Identity Theft?
- Common Identity Theft Scams
- How it Happens
- Who Commits Identity Theft
Money, and More
The most important thing to understand about identity theft is that there's more at risk than your finances. Here we explore the various "types" of identity theft, and how they can impact your life.
Experts say without virus protection a computer on the internet will be infected within 14 minutes. Understanding some of the risks when you're online will help you safeguard yourself and your family when you surf the web.
Sometimes a scam is used to obtain identifying information from the victim. This information is worth the most to an identity thief, since it's reliably accurate information.