If It Happened to Her, It Can Happen to You

Security & Privacy

Imagine you open your mail and find a letter from the IRS saying you owe them thousands of dollars. The letter also says you’ve collected tens of thousands of dollars in tax returns over the past five years. There’s only one problem – the “you” they’re talking about is actually someone else.

You pick up the phone and call the number on the letter. Obviously there’s been a mistake, and you’re confident it will be cleared up by the time you hang up the phone. But it’s not. Actually this is only the beginning.

Your heart pounds as you explain that you’ve been on medical disability for the past six years and haven’t made any tax claims or collected any money. The person on the other end of the line listens and then says five words you never thought you’d hear: “Someone has stolen your identity.”

From that point on your life becomes a living hell. And there’s nothing you can do about.

The statistics are staggering. One in ten people will become the victim of an online crime. And many of those crimes happen on public Wi-Fi. Some victims “just” lose money. But if a hacker gets their hands on your social security number, you can lose way more than that. And that’s exactly what happened to Michelle, a nurse from Queens, New York.

We recently asked Michelle and other real victims of identity theft to share their stories and tell us how it really feels to have your identity stolen. Get your tissues out and watch now as Michelle opens up about her experience as a sobering warning to the rest of us.

After the interview, Michelle said she’d be happy if her story saves other people from having to go through the nightmare of identity theft.

It happened to Michelle. But it doesn’t have to happen to you. Click here to see why public Wi-Fi is so risky and protect yourself with Freedome VPN.

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