Identity theft is often in the media. Someone gets
another person's personal information, ruins their
credit, steals all the money from their bank account,
and really ruins that person's life for years.
Most media topics cover the financial and law
enforcement aspects but what about the fear and pain
that person goes through. This can be emotionally
devastating and may lead to thoughts of suicide in
Imagine if you have been saving a little bit each
month for years to finally be able to purchase
something you have always wanted. You are working very
hard for this reward and you deserve it.
One day you wake up and your bank account is empty and
the bills start coming in the mail. The sense of
helplessness and loss would be terrible.
You may never know who did this to you. Where did they
even get the information? From far away or from your
own home? The ability to trust others will be hard to
get back for a while and you may need serious help to
recover from what has happened.
There are many different places that can help you
recover financially and emotionally from identity
theft. Of course the first step is always to call the
police and often they will refer you to a counseling
service that can be very beneficial.
Don't just dismiss this and throw the business card in
the trash. The stress that can build up may eventually
become overwhelming so by talking to a counselor about
the entire event and developing a plan of action for
the future can really stabilize you.
Supportive friends and family are also very important
to have around. It could take many months to sort out
the financial areas of identity theft but much longer
for the emotional scars to heal.