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What to Do When You’re a Victim of Identity Theft:Understanding Your Liability

The statistics regarding identity theft or ID theft in the world today, including in the United States, are startling: 1 in 10 people in the United states will become the victims of identity theft or ID theft this year alone.

As a consequence of the prevalence of identity theft or ID theft, it is important that you understand fully what you need to do when you are the victim of identity theft or ID theft. This article has been prepared to provide you with some basic information about what to do when you’re the victim of identity theft or ID theft. Most particularly, this article has been created to assist you in better understanding your own liability when it comes to identity theft or ID theft and the aftermath of this serious crime.

What Do You Mean By Liability?

From a legal standpoint, when you open a financial account of any type, you have at least some obligation to protect its integrity. In other words, you bear at least a basic burden to protect any financial account -- bank accounts, credit card accounts, what have you -- from being violated or misused in an authorized manner. This is known as your liability -- you are liable to take reasonable care to keep your financial accounts secure.



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So, Now That I Understand Liability … What Do I Really Have to Do?

Your primary responsibility when you have become the victim of identity theft or ID theft is to notify your financial institutions -- banks, credit card companies and the like -- of the situation. While there are laws designed to protect you in the event of identity theft or ID theft, it is incumbent upon you to undertake this notification process to ensure that you will be fully protected. This notification process works to make certain that any charges made to a your credit card or withdrawals from a bank account that have occurred because of identity theft or ID theft will not count against you. You will not, in the long term, suffer financial because of identity theft or ID theft by making these notifications in a reasonably timely manner.

Conclusion & Summary

In conclusion, when it comes to responding to identity theft and ID theft and preventing identity theft and ID theft in the future, it is very important that you fully understand not only your rights -- but also your responsibilities -- when it comes to dealing with the aftermath of this serious crime.


 

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