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Driver’s License Fraud

Apr 07

I keep many things in my wallet. Movie ticket stubs, credit cards, cash and identification. My driver’s license isn’t something that I used to consider particularly valuable, except in the event of being pulled over or using it to prove my age. However, there are driver’s license scams that could affect you without you even knowing about it.  For example, I recently read an article where an identity thief who worked at a California DMV was brought up on multiple charges for falsifying driver’s licenses for extra pay.  The result was that a number of people had official California driver’s licenses with their own pictures and physical descriptions but using stolen information and license numbers. This is just one example of the different kinds of driver’s license fraud that is going on out there.

So, you may be asking yourself, “What I can do now to prevent a driver’s license identity theft scam from happening to me?”  You can start protecting yourself by ensuring that your old license gets discarded in the proper manner. When you receive your new license, you should make sure that your old one is either shredded or cut into small pieces so that your information cannot be used by an identity thief.  Another tip you should do is to purchase a copy of your driving record each year so you can make sure that no one else is using your identity.  You can also look at your credit reports and make sure that everything reported was done by you.

If your driver’s license has been stolen or has been compromised in any way, you need to start by reporting it to the law enforcement. You then need to contact the DMV in your area and they will issue you not only a new license, but a new driver’s license number as well.

The idea is to act quickly because the sooner you report the loss of your driver’s license or any related identity theft scam, the sooner the proper authorities can take action and they can help to put a stop to the scam or stop the person who is using your information.

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