Getting your identity stolen could mean getting arrest warrants
Identity theft is something that you have to live through before you can fully understand how much it will devastate your whole life. Your money can disappear, your credit rating can get shattered and in some cases, it can even get you an arrest warrant. Yes there are things that you can do to reduce the risk of it happening to you but if someone is determined enough then in many cases it’s very easy for a thief to assume your identity.
The best thing that you can do is to be on the lookout for signs that your identity has been stolen. In most cases the problems get worse the longer the situation goes undetected so the earlier that you can catch it the better it will be for you.
One of the main reasons, in my opinion, for the apparent increase in identity theft is the Internet. It’s a great tool and I couldn’t do without it but with it’s many benefits it has brought a few problems. One of these problems is the ease with which someone can get hold of your personal details and use them to impersonate you. The more information that exists on the Internet and the more transactions that are made all increase the risk of this happening.
You can take simple common sense precautions to reduce your risk of information theft but you can’t eliminate it altogether. The more information that is stored digitally the more the risk. Especially when government officials seem to be so prone to loosing disks with your details on.
How does criminal identity theft get you an arrest warrant?
I know that it’s not an obvious consequence of identity theft. Your first thoughts are always cast towards your finances. Your bank accounts, credit cards, loans that you never took out, purchases that you never bought etc. This is the classic and perhaps the most common scenario. The thief has stolen your identity in order to steal your money. But what if the thief stole your identity for another purpose?
What if the identity thief stole your details to use as a cover for some crime. A bank robbery perhaps or some confidence hustle. If this is the case and the thief gets caught then the police are given your stolen details instead of those of the criminal. When the thief skips bail it will be you that gets the warrant.
The above is a made up situation and you might say that this should never happen. The police should have verified the thief’s identity but do they always have the time to do that? especially if the crime was committed in a different area.
Find your arrest warrants early and deal with problems quickly
Minimize the pain that you will have to endure by dealing with an arrest warrant quickly. Check to see if you have arrest warrants regularly and sort them out right away.