You might have heard the term “Identity fraud” somewhere – maybe on television or the radio – but do you really know what it means?
Identity fraud is a big deal because the crime involves taking another person’s personal details and using it for a wide range of fraudulent activities. It is an undeniable fact that a lot of people are engaged in this illegal act today. You might have even fallen victim of this crime sometime in the past.
You have to be careful with your personal and financial details so that it doesn’t fall into the hands of the wrong person. These details can be wrongly obtained if you carelessly hand them out to anyone that claims they need them to help you with some banking issues or any other financial issue. When a fraudster obtains your personal information, they can use it for their own financial gain.
You should never be so careless and nonchalant about the protection of your personal identity. This is because identity fraud is a big crime that can jeopardise the finances of anyone that becomes a victim of the crime.
There is a list of serious offences that can be carried out if a fraudster lays hands on your personal details. Some of these offences are credit card fabrication, application for passports, driver’s license, income support, housing benefits, and a lot more.
Just imagine how much financial damage can be done to anyone who is a victim of identity fraud. Victims of this crime can also get implicated along the line.
How Do Identity Crimes Happen?
If you’re wondering how this crime happens, you should know that the prime facilitator of identity fraud is the lack of proper attention towards securing one’s personal information.
This lack of proper attention gives way to the illegal usage of the victim’s confidential details in the fabrication of fake IDs and documents. These confidential details can be recklessly handed over to a fraudster by oneself. They can also be picked up from your trash, letterbox, vehicle, home, or workplace if you carelessly leave them around or fail to properly dispose them.
Advancement in technology has also led to the creation of devices that can be used to steal confidential details about a certain individual. People who specialise in hacking digital devices can plant bugs in your computer (or some other electronic device) to track your transactions and extract sensitive information. This means that you have to seriously secure your electronic devices against hackers and malicious software.
Hackers can get into your private profile through means of open Wi-Fi connections, transactions carried out via public computers and other digital activities. You need to be constantly updated on internet safety and also make sure that you watch out for any suspicious emails or links that are inviting you to look at some content somewhere online. These are common means by which hackers bug your system with dangerous, information-compromising software.
There is also the rampant online crime known as “Phishing”. Phishing is when someone that doesn’t work for a particular establishment or well-known organisation poses as a member of that organisation for criminal purposes. Such imposters usually contact unsuspecting victims via social media platforms, text messages, emails, and more. The imposter would compel his victim to give out confidential details that will be used maliciously – aged individuals are usually victims of this crime.
When a fraudster wants to gain access to your personal accounts, the fraudster goes after information like usernames, address, date of birth, and more. It is really important that you protect even the smallest piece of your personal info.
What to Do in Cases of Identity Crime
Even if you have not fallen victim to identity fraud, it will be good if you got advice from professional investigators on how to avoid being a victim of fraud.
For those who have already been victimised by identity fraudsters, you can still contact a private investigator to resolve the problem and block any further utilisation of your profile in committing criminal offences. It is highly advisable that the perpetrator of the identity fraud should be caught and dealt with according to the law. This will save your identity from any further compromise and implications.
A standard investigative establishment will have all the required equipment like comprehensive database sweeps, digital forensics, surveillance systems, and more to successfully carry out investigative work. There is also the need to deploy different sets of investigative approach when dealing with the unique forms of identity theft within the crime’s spectrum.
If you have been victimised and you’re seeking help from a private investigator, you need to know that communication is key. Your ability to establish good communication between you and the investigative professional will go a long way in making the case easy to solve. It will also prevent unnecessary moves that only waste time.
Some of the techniques that are deployed in successfully identifying the perpetrator of an identity fraud crime are surveillance, database cross-referencing, and digital forensic probing. Database searches can reveal residential details of the fraudster in question – surveillance also helps in achieving this. The perpetrator’s identity can also be exposed if the case is probed into using Digital Forensic methods. Forensic analysis aids in exposing counterfeit documents and falsely replicated signatures.
Collectively, the work done by professional investigators is important in providing actionable proof of identity fraud and the individual perpetrating the crime. The work done by these investigators also helps in liberating innocent victims from undeserved punishment.
Regardless of all the tactical approaches that hired investigators can deploy in handling a particular case of identity fraud, the client’s preference still ultimately influences the method of approach to be deployed. Investigators Australia has gained several years of experience when it comes to dealing with identity fraud. You can be rest assured that our professional investigators will provide the best of investigative services with due respect given to your confidential details.
Feel free to contact us as soon as possible if you have fallen victim to identity fraud. The earlier you reach us, the better.