Identity theft can do major damage to your credit reports and scores–that’s for certain. But perhaps the greatest loss victims feel is the time they spend fixing all the problems identity theft causes. For those who’ve fallen prey, identity theft can be a game-changer in life, setting some folks back years.
Imagine you’ve found your dream house at a great price in this buyer’s market. You’re in the process of applying for a home loan. It’s been a while since you checked your credit reports, but they were great the last time you looked, maybe a year ago. Everything should still be in order, right?
Suddenly, you’re shocked to find your application has been denied. What could have caused it? You scramble to look at recent activity on your credit reports and find things that absolutely, positively, should not be there.
Take a deep breath, because you may be a victim of identity theft. Depending on the damage done, you could be dealing with the aftermath for months, years even. While the best plan to deal with identity theft is avoiding it in the first place, it happens to more and more Americans each year.
Those folks will be forced to deal with it, so it’s important to know how to stop the crime in place and start fixing and rebuilding your credit–and good name.
For the best ways to fight back against fraud and fix your credit, check out these links from the Quizzle blog and beyond: