A person\92s identity can be 'borrowed' for the purpose of creating fictional credit cards or a person\92s entire identity can be usurped to the point where they can have difficulty proving that they really are who they claim to be.
Up to 18% of identity theft victims take as long as four years to realize that their identity has been stolen.
There are many ways to protect your personal identity and many steps you can take to prevent your identity from being stolen:
*Never give out unnecessary personal information
*Never provide bank details or social security numbers over the Internet
*Always remain aware of who is standing behind you when you type in your personal credit codes at ATM machines and at supermarket checkout swipe machines.