Having your identity stolen can be one of the most stressful things that you will ever have to go through. It’s right up there in the stress stakes with bereavement and divorce believe it or not. If someone steals your identity they can potentially ruin you financially. They can also get you an arrest warrant in some cases. The best way to combat the arrest warrant problem is to make sure that you discover them early and deal with them before the situation gets out of hand.
One of the main reasons, in my opinion, for the apparent increase in identity theft is the Internet. It’s a great tool and I couldn’t do without it but with it’s many benefits it has brought a few problems. One of these problems is the ease with which someone can get hold of your personal details and use them to impersonate you. The more information that exists on the Internet and the more transactions that are made all increase the risk of this happening.
You can take simple common sense precautions to reduce your risk of information theft but you can’t eliminate it altogether. The more information that is stored digitally the more the risk. Especially when government officials seem to be so prone to loosing disks with your details on.
But how can you get an arrest warrant when your identity is stolen?
When you get your identity stolen you might assume that the thief will help him or herself to the money in your bank account or take out a loan in your name that you will then become liable for. You might start getting bills for hire cars and all sorts of other stuff that you never ordered. The idea that you could also end up with an arrest warrant for something that you never did might not even cross your mind but it is possible.
If a thief steals your identity and then goes and commits a crime of some sort and gets caught, he or she will have to give personal details to the police. If an identity thief gets caught then do you think that he would give the police his own details or use a stolen identity? Most likely it’s your details that the police will have on file when the thief skips bail and the arrest warrant is issued. The warrant will be for you and not the thief.
The police will always try to verify the details that they are given but they can only do so much and the thief can make it all look pretty convincing.
Find your arrest warrants early and deal with problems quickly
When you have an arrest warrant your best course of action is to get it sorted as soon as possible. this applies whether you actually committed the offence or not. The police don’t care whether you are guilty, it’s not their job. It is their job to arrest you and they will do it when you least expect it. Make sure that you discover your arrest warrants before the police come to arrest you.