With the recent hacking of social sites, Equifax and countless other businesses, my thoughts reveal memories that are still raw. The traumatic experiences that are in my book about identity theft and identity fraud, give me even more reason to pause.
Use your computer with caution.
Take the time to protect yourself and your family.
Working in the financial industry for many years, I saw the same head in the sand mentality; it will never happen to me. Many of these people would tell me God would take care of them. Had it ever occurred to these people, that working through my services, was God's way of helping these folks? People are in our life for reasons. Our journey on this earth is not by random. Perhaps you are reading this not by chance.
My life education came from the stories and experiences told by my clients; and because of the people who came into my life's journey, I now write stories. I left because of my identity theft that escalated my lessons of life. Never did I feel I would be targeted by the Phantoms.
Can it happen to anyone. Yes it can. Identity Theft is a stigma that is difficult to overcome. With retirement funds stolen, reputation ruined, bank accounts depleted, and credit cards maxed out and new ones surfacing, I felt life had ended. This experience brought a depth of betrayal resulted in a lifetime of work to gain trust, and feel secure.
Learning to protect our identity is work. Neglect of awareness is one of many habits that need changing, and new habits learned. Most Identity Theft situations begins with a piece of paper. Begin to shred all documents with private information. Learning ways to protect ourselves is not nearly as endless as the repercussions of the theft.
Our identity is unique. No one else is exactly like us. When we lose our financial or professional identity, our spirit is left stark naked and ready for the Phantoms to clothe us in depression, hurt, anger, and lack of trust.
This was my lesson to learn. Now, with lessons learned, I can take that trauma and teach other people how to not let it happen to them, and if it does happen to them, how to overcome and start over.
No one can prevent all Identity Theft. Always be aware of how you give your information to other people. It's your life and your identity.
The choices we make have consequences.
Predators lurk in the shadow looking for easy target to prey upon.They search out and find private financial and medical information then pilfer the banks, credit cards and investment accounts of their victims. For the most part, these predators are seldom caught. You can learn valuable lessons that will secure your identity. Stay informed of what to beware of in your own life to ensure that you are protecting your identity.