When you become a victim of Identity Theft, there are two basic paths you can choose to take. Work hard to try and restore your identity yourself, or have a company that does actual restoration take over the Identity theft restoration for you.
I have talked before about the only solution I feel is a viable solution for having someone else do it for you, and why, I think, you should have someone else do it for you.
When you become a victim of Identity Theft, it’s like having your vehicle break down in the middle of the highway.
|Do it yourself
You can probably hook up a tow rope
Try to listen in and diagnose
Spend time and money learning how fix cars and working to fix what went wrong
Call the tow truck
Take it to a trained professional who has the ability to test with
Pay a trained expert to spend the time and money working to fix what went wrong.
Some people like to fix their own cars. Me? Unless it’s a little issue, I would much rather take it to someone else and let them fix my car.
Same goes with my identity.
My bias is clearly toward having someone else fix it for you. Even with as much as I know about Identity Theft, (especially with as much as I know about Identity Theft) I still make sure that I have a plan to have an attorney and a restoration specialist when I’m going through the process of restoring my name.
The Federal Trade Commission offers some good tips in the deter section of this video below. Even though I’ve never seen any conclusive studies that show shredding your documents will prevent Identity Theft, it’s still just a good idea.
The Federal Trade Commission is now into the full swing of their deter, detect, and defend program. The FTC’s bias seems to lean toward having people restore their own identities.
If you’re in that camp, then the Windows Media video below, from the Federal Trade Commission, explains some good ideas if you want to try to restore your own identity.
Visit the FTC online at http://www.consumer.gov/idtheft
Or take a look at what I feel is the real problem of losing your information and the real solution to Identity Theft for individuals.