Eric Opon says identity theft can turn a person's life upside down. Opon is an Identity Theft Risk Management Specialist. He says it's a worldwide problem that is much larger than most people think.
"Selling people's identities is big business, and since the crime for identity theft is minimal, only 1 out of 700 get caught, there's a lot of people doing it."
Our information can be compromised in more ways than we'd think. Thieves can steal our identities with our medical insurance cards, driver's licenses and billing statements. Opon says the scary part is that many of us have already had our identities stolen and don't even realize it's happened.
"The average time for someone to find their identity is stolen is actually 12 to 18 months. "
But once someone does find out their identity has been stolen it's a lengthy process to get things fixed.
"After that fact, it takes over 600 hours for someone to try and fix their identity which is quite a long time when someones trying to have a job or have a business or things like that."
Opon and his partner, Anthony Costanza, say identity theft is a scary problem that no one is immune to. They tell me it's not a matter of if our identities will be stolen, it's a matter of when.
This year alone, over 150 million people have had their personal information compromised. And those numbers will continue to get worse.
If you think your identity has been stolen and would like professional assistance on fixing the problem, contact Identity Theft Risk Management Specialist Anthony Costanza.
Phone: (815) 289-5214