Are you suspicious that your identity may have been compromised? If you notice any odd activity regarding your accounts or belongings, chances are it might already be too late. Bo Dietl shares the top three signs you may be a victim of identity theft:
1. Unfamiliar charges on your bank account(s) or credit card(s): If when checking your credit card and/or banking statements, things aren’t adding up and you notice unfamiliar charges for products and/or services in irregular locations on your account(s), something most likely is wrong. This is a tell-tale sign that someone has hacked into your account(s) and is using your account(s) fraudulently.
2. Damaged credit score: Identity theives often rack up debt on their stolen identities, and as a result of unpaid collections or debts from the perpetrator, your credit score can be negatively affected. This can be traumatic for victims considering credit scores can take several years to repair without a lawsuit.
3. Missing mail: Are you waiting an awfully long time for a credit card or bill to arrive? Your thief may have already found a way into your account settings to change the mailing address. Check all of your accounts to identify whether or not this has happened.
If you believe you may be a victim of identity theft, do not hesitate to seek help. Immediately alert all credit card companies, banks, and insurance companies, as well as the police. If you seek additional assistance in finding your perpetrator, hiring a private investigator can also be beneficial.