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					Recovering From Identity Theft

Identity theft is often in the media. Someone gets another person s
personal information, ruins their credit, steals all the money from their
bank account, and really ruins that person s life for years.

Most media topics cover the financial and law enforcement aspects but
what about the fear and pain that person goes through. This can be
emotionally devastating and may lead to thoughts of suicide in extreme
cases.

Imagine if you have been saving a little bit each month for years to
finally be able to purchase something you have always wanted. You are
working very hard for this reward and you deserve it.

One day you wake up and your bank account is empty and the bills start
coming in the mail. The sense of helplessness and loss would be terrible.

You may never know who did this to you. Where did they even get the
information? From far away or from your own home? The ability to trust
others will be hard to get back for a while and you may need serious help
to recover from what has happened.

There are many different places that can help you recover financially and
emotionally from identity theft. Of course the first step is always to
call the police and often they will refer you to a counseling service
that can be very beneficial.

Don t just dismiss this and throw the business card in the trash. The
stress that can build up may eventually become overwhelming so by talking
to a counselor about the entire event and developing a plan of action for
the future can really stabilize you.

Supportive friends and family are also very important to have around. It
could take many months to sort out the financial areas of identity theft
but much longer for the emotional scars to heal.

				
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