When you think of identity theft, you probably think
of people using credit cards that are in someone
else's name. Though this does happen often, it really
is just caused by cashiers who are too lazy to check
the back of the card, demand identification, or check
that signatures match exactly.
Sometimes, the cashier themselves may write down or
memorize your credit card number for use at a later
time. Though this is now considered one type of
identity theft, there are a few more that have a more
Drivers licenses are a very common way you can have
your identity stolen. This doesn't cause that much
damage and is very easy to fix. The most common thing
someone will do with your drivers license is alter the
photograph so it looks like them.
This is very difficult so if someone goes through all
that trouble, odds are they have a warrant they want
to avoid. The problems arise when they get a speeding
ticket or any ticket that doesn't send them to jail.
They will disappear and you will find yourself having
a warrant from somewhere you may have never been.
The last thing you want to happen is to be on your way
somewhere with friends and family and find yourself in
jail for a crime you didn't commit and have no
It can be very difficult to prove that this person
wasn't even you and you might have to find the officer
that issued the ticket. That could take a while and
you might spend days in jail until you can be bailed
out or the issue is resolved.