When a person becomes a victim of identity theft it normally takes days to resolve, but one Valley man has been fighting for his identity for over ten years, Erin Murray has more about the reality and risks of identity theft.
Its a crime that happens to 9 million Americans every year and it's happening in the Valley. Identity theft is when someone steals your personal information and uses it for personal gain. The uses can be many, but most often the information is used by someone else to get satellite service, electricity, water or cable service.
How do criminals get away with using such information? Well skilled identity thieves use a variety of methods to gain your information by rummaging through your trash looking for bills, check your mail looking for change of address forms and even going back to just stealing. Sometimes they will call, claiming to be your credit card company, by verifying the card number, expiration date and then the three digit security code on the back of the card. One way of preventing your identity of being stolen is to shred any personal information before throwing it into the trash.
If you become a victim of identity theft call your local police department and creditors.