I’ve been blogging about identity theft for a few years now, but I feel that sometimes people still don’t understand what identity is, and, if stolen, how it affects you. It’s always someone else. Someone else’s identity will be stolen. It won’t happen to me. I’m too smart. No one will get into my personal information, bank account, stocks. No one will be able to open an account in my name. that stuff happens on TV, it’s not reality.
We are looking into the face of a horror show. Ukraine is under attack. No one thought it would happen. It’s not real because it’s on TV. The news doesn’t report things accurately. They are blowing things up out of proportion. It’s not real.
Tell that to someone who’s identity has been stolen. Tell it to their bank, mortgage company, bill collector. Try sleeping at night , wondering if the thief who has your identity will take out a mortgage in your name in another state or country. Next week, month, or 5 years from no
When your information is sold on the dark web, you’ll never find the thief. You can’t change your name, credit report, SS#, birth date. They can do a lot of damage with that information for the rest of your life, because that information will never change.
Treat identity theft like a game happening to someone else. Tell it to people in another country, who only want to live their life as they think they should, not life that a dictator says you should. That is the hold a thief has on the victim. They dictate your soul, because it’s for life. Tell me how cyber crime isn’t real, that it doesn’t affect you.
It’s affecting the world, right now. Tell it to relatives and friends of Ukranians, being blown apart in their homes. Tell it to the people of Ukraine.
Look in the mirror, and tell me it doesn’t affect all of us. Oil, food, and shipping. Breaking into our electric grid and infrastructure. Wondering if our loved ones will be called into this mess to fight overseas with NATO allies.
Tell me it doesn’t matter.