Types Of Identity Theft To Safeguard Against

There are a number of different types of identity theft. All of these can be detrimental to you personally, affecting everything from your credit report to your driving record.

Knowing the different kinds of identity theft can go a long way in helping you to prevent it.

types of identity theft

The main Types of ID Theft

  • Credit card theft is perhaps the most well-known form of identity theft. When a thief steals your credit card he can use it to purchase almost anything. If only the number of your credit card (as opposed to the card itself) is stolen, the thief will likely use it to purchase items online, since internet shopping is becoming increasingly popular. The best way to prevent credit card theft is simply to keep your card in sight at all times.
  • Driver’s license theft happens when someone steals your driver’s license information and fabricates a license for themselves. These thieves tend to commit traffic violations, so you’ll likely find out that your license identity has been stolen when a warrant is issued for your arrest. Keep your license with you at all times and this kind of identity theft is unlikely.
  • Social security number theft can wreck havoc on your identity status, since a talented criminal can actually create a whole new identity with it. And these days, SSN theft is relatively easy because people write it on so many documents. A wise practice to get into is refusing to give out your social security number unless the person asking for it has a clearly established reason for needing it. You do not need to write it in on every document that asks.
  • Criminal identity theft occurs when a criminal steals your identity for the purpose of pinning crimes he is planning to commit on you. He will use your personal information to fabricate documents and any false information that he needs. The first clue you will likely get that your identity has been stolen by a criminal is unfortunately an arrest.
  • Medical identity theft can be one of the most dangerous types of identity theft. Oftentimes, people living high-risk lifestyles do not want to be tested for diseases like AIDS under their own identities. So they steal someone else’s medical identity, get tested, and leave you with a medical record indicating that you are HIV positive! This false information can be cleaned up from your medical records, but it can be difficult to accomplish.

Take Preventative Measures to Avoid Identity Theft

These are the most common types of identity theft. While none of them are pleasant, they are all avoidable if careful preventative measures are taken.

It is important that you learn as much as you can about how to protect yourself from this dangerous game.

Related Articles

Have a Story About Identity Theft?

Do you have a story or advice to share? Do you know of other types of identity theft? Share more details here, to help others.

Go to Top of Types Of Identity Theft page

Go to Identity Theft Protection home 

IT Governance Limited Disclosure: Identity-Theft-Scout.com is participating in the IT Governance Limited Affiliate  Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to their affiliate platform.

What Can You Write About?

We are looking for content related to cybercrimes and identity theft. There are tens of possible topics you can pick on these subjects. Moreover, we appreciate innovative issues, critical opinions, and solution-based articles on an area related to our main topics.

In addition to the topics below, if you have anything else related to our line of interest, please let us know, and we will be glad to share with our readers.

Possible Broad Areas

  • Malware
  • Laptop hacking
  • Cyberbullying
  • Internet security
  • Identity
  • Phishing
  • Data security
  • Bring Your Own Device
  • Data protection regulations
  • Data recovery
  • Data loss or DDOS mitigation
  • Identity theft recovery … and many more.

Guidelines for Content Contribution

Feel free to send us your submissions or topic ideas through our email address. We strive to respond to every request as fast as we can.

Before working on a topic, please take a look at our guidelines we would like all writers to follow. Please feel free to drop us a line if you do not understand any of the guidelines below or have a suggestion.

  • All articles should be at least a 1000 words long. We believe that long articles expound on the topics at hand better than short ones
  • Articles should be written in English. And must be written following the steps mentioned here.
  • All articles should be original and not copied from the internet even if it is your website. They must pass the Copyscape check before we can publish them.
  • The Articles should have useful and quality content, well written and easy to understand
  • Headlines written following the guidelines mentioned here.
  • The articles should be in an editable format such as .odt, docx or .txt format. Please double space your lines for the ease of reading through
  • No offensive or adult language should be employed
  • Please, check the article using a spell checker tool (like as Grammarly) before sending the copy to us.
  • Please provide a high resolution image for each 250 words (Though, we reserve the right of using the images provided by you). At least 3 images is required for a 1000 words article. The images must be from the free sources (like as Pixabay, Unsplash.com, or Pexels.com). The exact image source link must be provided under each images. 

What Will You Get In Return?

  • We give full credits for your published work
  • If we publish your article, we will give credits to you. Besides, we will write a short bio of you below the article and link to your blog social media pages or website.

We Pay Writers For Exceptional Contributions!

Where a contribution meets our guidelines and is an exceptional idea to help our readers and community we will pay up to AUD50 for the contribution.

Our editorial committee will be the sole judge of what is an exceptional idea. If you have an idea that you wish to pitch to us please use the contact email mentioned in this article. 

For the new freelance writers, it is a great chance to earn money online by writing for our website.

This is to encourage you in freelance writing, blogging, and making money online.

How Do You Submit Your Articles?

Take a look at our published work to help generate unique ideas.

Please check and double check that you’ve fulfilled all the criteria.

Then, send the article to us at john[at]identity-theft-scout.com 

We get several submissions every day. Therefore it may take time for us to go through each submission. Please bear with us. We promise to respond to each request within a few days

We look forward to publishing your next article.

Happy writing!!

Amazon Disclosure: We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. 

New! Comments

Have your say about what you just read! Leave me a comment in the box below.