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Lost Identification May Lead to Identity Theft

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What is
lost or stolen identification?

Lost or stolen identification, or identity documents, may include any type of document that includes critical information about your identity. Those types of documents may include state-issued driver's license or identity card, federally issued social security card and the United States passport, birth certificate, student ID card, military ID, green card, government visa, liquor identification card, voter's registration card, credit and debit cards, professional certifications, and other types of official and verifiable documents.

What is lost or stolen identification?
Driver's License

Driver's License

Lost or stolen driver's license could be used for the purposes of identity theft since it contains all critical information about you such as your name and address, DOB, signature, physical characteristics, and other important data. Identity thieves like to try to steal the driver's license information because it gives them easy way to perpetrate fraud and other identity theft.

US Passport

US Passport

Any documents that are issued by the Department of State, such as United States passport or passport card, are very important to keep an eye on and make sure that any incidents that concern them are resolved quickly. To make sure that lost or stolen US passport did not result in some form of identity theft we recommend that you scan your passport number for any associated breaches.

Birth Certificate

Birth Certificate

Identity thieves like to steal birth certificate information because it gives them all the necessary details to conduct fraud or other identity theft. The birth certificate is the first identification document that is issued shortly after birth of any person. The birth certificate includes important records about the person and must be safeguarded to protect you from identity theft and other threats.

Social Security Card

Social Security Card

Identity thieves often target the Social Security administration and their records, such as issued SSNs and SSN cards with related personal information and data. Since Social Security number has become almost a universal method of identification throughout the Untied States, it is very important that you keep it safe and make sure you scan your information for any associated breaches and exposures.

Institutional & Private ID cards

Institutional & Private ID cards

Besides driver's license, many states and jurisdictions issue their own identification cards that can be used to verify your identity. Those types of cards include non-driver's license identification documents, ID cards, Student ID cards, liquor cards, medical cards, library cards, regional ID documents and other forms of personal identity documents.

Military IDs

Military IDs

Members of the Military and employees of Department of Defense also receive special identity documents based on their rank and status. Children and adult dependants of service members, department employees, and some contractors are also issued those military ID cards. It's very important that any incident where you believe you identity documents were lost or stolen be reported appropriately and you check for any associated breaches or exposures online.

Green Card, Visas, & Immigration IDs

Green Card, Visas, & Immigration IDs

Identity thieves also like to go after a variety of personally identifiable documents that are issued by federal government to try and steal your identity information. Those types of identification documents may include a green card or a permanent resident card, travel or work visa, business or personal immigration documents, and other forms of personal identification.

Financial, IRS, & Medical Cards

Financial, IRS, & Medical Cards

There are many other types of identity documents that can be lost or stolen, and result in some form identity theft. Those documents include credit and debit cards, voter's registration card, health insurance card, tax id card, Medicare card, insurance documents, utility bills, deeds, trusts, marriage/divorce certificates, and other forms of official and verifiable identification documents.

How Can Lost or Stolen Identification Cause Identity Theft?

Exposed Personal Profile

Almost every kind of official identity document has critical information about you and your identity. Identity thieves like to steal or breach this type of information since it makes it easy for them to commit identity fraud or related identity theft with that data. To check if your personal profile had been already exposed please run one of our free scans now.

Stolen Credentials

There are many forms of identity theft that can result from your personal information being leaked or stolen from your identity documents. Stolen credentials could be found in automotive insurance cards, health insurance documents, license documents, utility bills, deeds of ownership, medical cannabis cards, W-2 forms and tax statements, and many other types of documents.

Financial Fraud

When your personal identification is either lost or stolen there is always a chance that an identity thief may get a hold of your information and try to commit identity fraud or identity theft. The most common types of identity fraud that can be associated with lost or stolen identification may include fraudulent accounts, financial scams, bank account takeovers, insurance scams, and other types of activity.

Account Takeovers

License documents, deeds of ownership, proof of residence or address, W-2 and tax statements, medical cards, professional licenses, and personal vital records such as marriage and divorce documents can be lost or stolen and might result in identity thief using them to try to take over a bank, or other financial or personal account that you may have, for the reasons of committing further fraud or even creating monetary gains for themselves.

Membership Fraud

To take advantage of unsuspecting customers many identity thieves would try to breach private services and institutions for their customer records that might include membership ID cards, private social and athletic club IDs, loyalty cards issued by private companies, professional organization identifications, private associations identifications, and other types of customer records, profiles, and data.

Health Insurance / Medical Fraud

Identity theft may happen when important health or medical identity documents become lost or stolen. A privately issued health insurance card is an important piece of personal identification to protect and monitor for any associated breaches. Also, a government issued medical ID card, such as Medicare card, is a common target for identity thieves for the reasons they contain critical personally identifiable information.

Popular Questions About Lost or Stolen Identification

What are most common types of identity documents?

Most common types of identity documents include a driver's license, passport, state id cards, school or student ids, professional licenses and officially issued certificates, IRS and tax documents and records, police records and identification papers, and some other types of documents.

What type of other identity documents exist?

Liquor ID cards, employer IDs, university cards, voter registration cards, credit and debit cards, proof of professional certification, proof of auto insurance, health insurance cards, library cards, press passes, local permits, utility records, deeds, tax statements, and other types of identification papers and records.

What is most important identification to protect?

One of the most important pieces of identification to protect are your driver's license and SSN card. You driver's license has a lot of current information about you and your identity, and the social security card has your full social security number. This type of personally identifiable information is most important to try to protect from being lost, stolen, exposed, or leaked.

Can I check if my identification information was breached?

Yes, you can run one of our free scans, such as driver's license, passport, or SSN scans to find out if your personal information was found as part of a data breach, account leak, posted public records event, or any other identity records incident that might affect your profile.

What is a personal identification breach?

Whenever we find on the Internet a combination of some of your personally identifiable information, together with a record that matches one of your identification documents, it is considered a breach of your personal information. We recommend that you scan your records to see if you already had any associated data breaches or exposures.

What are examples of state issued IDs?

Some of the examples of state issued identity documents include driver's licenses, issued by each state's Department of Motor Vehicles, liquor identification cards, professional certifications and degrees, insurance cards, state tax identifications, marriage certificates, divorce decrees, state employment documents, and other forms of IDs.

What are examples of federally issued IDs?

Some of the examples of federally issued identity documents include passports or passport cards, military IDs, IRS and tax identification documents, immigration documents such as green cards, visas, and travel IDs, social security cards, federal professional licenses, and other federally recognized forms of personal identification and records.

What are examples of privately issued IDs?

Some of the examples of privately issued identity documents include internal identification cards, issued by a person's employer, university, or school, credit and debit cards, auto insurance cards, health insurance cards, library cards, access passes, professional licenses, clinic, doctor, or hospital records and other forms of identity documents.

Can I check if my information is compromised?

Yes, simply use one of our free scans to quickly check if any of your personal information had been involved or reported as part of a data breach or other identity incident event. You'll also see all exposed records and details that are publicly available about you online.

How can I protect myself from identity theft?

No service can help protect against all forms of identity theft. Checking your personal information for breaches and exposures, and signing up for identity and credit monitoring may help prevent some forms of identity theft and give you an upper hand when dealing with certain identity theft situations.