ID theft can happen to anyone and at any time. As teenagers, you are at risk of becoming an Identity theft (ID theft) victim. This is because you own and carry so much of information with you without knowing what risks you may have to face when your information falls into wrong hands. For a long time, Identity Theft was not given much thought. But in recent years, things have had to change due to the fact that it has become quite evident that Identity Theft has become one of the fastest growing crimes in the world.
Though now every country has set up specific organizations to curb ID theft crimes. If you are unaware of such agencies, first register a police complaint. The police often have specialist units to deal with online crime. They will guide you on the right procedure to follow in resolving your problem. It’s good there are agencies and organizations to approach when in trouble, but have you questioned why this has happened to you. As teenagers you have to be aware of what personal information is and how your personal information can be stolen from you.
What is Identity theft?
Identity theft occurs when someone steals your personal information and uses it to pretend to be you without your knowledge.
What is identity fraud?
Identity fraud happens when the person who has stolen your information uses it to commit a fraud.
What information of yours is considered as personal information?
Personal information refers to any data about an individual that could potentially identify a person. In your case, personal information may include any of the following:
- Full Name
- Email address
- Date of birth
- Place of birth
- Residential address
- Telephone number
- Qatari ID number
- Bank account number
Common Types of Identity Theft:
- Creating user names in another person’s name
- Applying for a loan in another person’s name
- Applying for credit cards fraudulently on another person’s name
- Create a fake identity on the Internet
How can your identity be stolen?
- An identity thief may steal your wallet or purse - if your wallet contains an identity card, driver’s license, bank related cards, loyalty cards, address book, etc. then the thief can collect information about your name, address, bank account, contact numbers, etc.
- You may prefer maintaining easy passwords for your convenience such as date of birth, place of birth, vehicle number etc., and an Identity thief may use your personal details to guess easy passwords and gain access to your email account.
- You may participate in a survey or competition at a mall and fill out your personal details which may be stolen later.
- When you don’t shred documents which contain personal information, an identity thief can search through trash bins and gather information pieces to create a false identity which he/she can use it for their gain.
Your identity is unique; keep it safe!