We often hear/read in the news or watch in movies about people stealing someone else’s identity or a part of it. Most of the times, they end up misusing that identity. Some of the classic examples are of the likes of Frank Abganale Jr., a master impostor, who now works for FBI and other US government agencies and helps them to find people who forge documents to fake their identities or commit fraud. On the big screen we all enjoy it, it is fun. We even end up appreciating the talent of these people. But we forget about the effect it has on the person whose ID was stolen. He ends up paying a massive price for the crimes committed by someone else. Not just the monetary but the emotional damage that comes with it. It is a situation no one wants to be in. But neither is it up to you unless you have ensured timely background and credit checks so that you are aware what is happening.
During our recent Twitter chat, we received this tweet by a very well-known and influential HR person about someone using his photo on a matrimonial site. It got us wondering about the number of such cases. After some number digging, we were surprised and scared about the results. Bureau of Justice Statistics, US, says that 17.6 m people in US alone were victim of Identity theft. In a population of 300 million nearly 8% people were victims. That number is huge. Staggering but scary.
A news report of BBC quoting fraud prevention agency CIFAS said the number of victims rose by 31% to 32,058 in the first three months of 2015, compared to the same period in 2014 in UK. Closer home in India, things are not different either. Identity theft is one of the growing concerns in cyber-crime in India today. According to Norton Cybercrime Report 2011, globally 431 million adults experienced cybercrime in 2011 and more than 1 million plus adults became victims every day. As per the report, India is fast emerging as a soft target for organized cybercrime with four in five online adults have been victims of identity theft in 2011. According to a report shared by CPP India, most identity theft victims don’t realise the fraud until long after the incident and dismiss possible indicators.
Imagine someone committing fraud on your name and you have no idea. Or opening a bank account or obtaining an ID document like Passport/Aadhaar or PAN. If anything goes wrong, which will, no one is going to catch him but you.
At AuthBridge, we have a solution called IndiaVerify where people can self-verify themselves time and again. Because it is better to be safe than sorry. Prevention is better than cure. You don’t want to wake up one fine day to see police knocking on your door and looking for someone who used your name and committed a crime.
See either you catch the person which I think will need serious investigative skills, hi-tech resources and free time in abundance. People who have these can chase the real culprit. Others, simple log on to www.indiaverify.com and save yourself from the fraud.
So what are we waiting for? Hurry and self-verify yourself to ensure no Frank Abagnale has forged your Identity.
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