I have now had the "pleasure" of experiencing identity theft. On the whole scale of things it's been on a relatively small level. But it's still a pain in the butt. Thankfully the charges made to an account of mine have been refunded, the card number used has been deactivated. The only lingering effect seems to be the countless spam messaged in my in-box each day and as of today a false "we're following up on your request" phone call today. I do not need to meet hot Christian or Latin singles in my area. I'm sure meeting big beautiful women is nice, but not really my thing. I SOOOOO don't believe in get rich quick schemes. And while yes I do want to go back to school, it won't be on-line for any of your questionable "certifications." And that offer for a credit card...um, have you seen my credit report? Thanks for asking.
Given the amount of "things" I do online, I'm sure it was just a matter of time. I mean if you are online at all, I'm sure there's close to a 100% chance that at sometime someone is going to pretend to be you for one reason or another. I'm usually very careful about what sites I visit. But while I was out searching for LEGITIMATE grant and scholarship opportunities to help me enroll in massage school, I was directed to a number of NON-LEGIT sites through Google searches. Most the time you don't know it's not legit until you visit the site, which is apparently enough for them to grab your info and run.
As inconvenient as my experience has been, it's just been that, an inconvenience. I know there are people's live who are completely turned upside down by identity theft. And for what reason? Simply because one exists.
What really pisses me off is that while I'm trying to make an honest living here in my little corner of the world (as so many others who simply exists do), someone some where is getting a paycheck for developing malicious software to steal people's personal info. Others are getting paid to use that info to randomly sign people up for as much crap as they can until the breech is discovered. What the hell?
And then we wonder why so many have lost hope for the future of humanity. Hmmm...