It only takes a few moments.
For your identity to be stolen. And for Headland police, these cases are becoming all too common.
For the first time they have seen extreme cases where a person is caught with 5 or more id’s.
Investigator Aaron Kincaid said, “Two trafficking of stolen identities cases in the last 4 weeks.”
Chief Mark Jones said, “These are stolen out of cars. They left their purses and wallets in the car. Once they get these cards, drivers licenses you know it is gone.”
Gone to make purchases often without you even knowing.
Jones said, “They can buy cars, they can open up credit cards accounts, max out the limit. And all this information is not coming to the person that stole it, it is going back to the victim.”
But by the time you catch up with a thief, it is often too late.
Jones said, “You know their credit is now messed up and the perpetrator is gone.”
For as easy as it is to have your identity stolen, getting everything straightened out could take years.
Kincaid said, “It’s better safe than sorry. In this day and time it is ok to be a little bit more apprehensive about who you give your card number out to. Or if you are using it online, make sure security measures have been taken from that website to protect your identity.”
Police say the best thing to protect yourself from falling victim to identity fraud is to avoid giving out too much information. Like writing down your license number on checks, or not using secure websites to buy things online. Also, keep an eye on your credit report.
That way you can report any suspicious activity as soon as possible to your local law enforcement.