Words of Wisdom✨ Important Special Announcement.
As we enter yet— into a new and exciting year, 2020. I’d like to share relevant information about IDENTITY THEFT. ℹ️
There were 16.7 Million ID theft victims in the US in 2017 leading to the loss of over $17 billion.
In the past year, 446,515,334 personal records were exposed in the US, not including the 1.68 billion non-sensitive exposed records 40% of consumers across the world have been targets of ID theft at least once. 8 million records per day were stolen in the first half of 2018 worldwide, leading to 3.3B compromised data records.
1.3 million children have their identities stolen every year. Having a social media account increases the chance of ID theft by 46%
Famous data breaches in 2018: Facebook, Google+, Quora, MyFittnesPal
The global average cost per data breach incident rose to $3.86 Million in 2018.
Source: written by Ana Bera, SafeAtLast, March 6, 2019, Identity Theft Statistics
IDENTITY THEFT, and or FRAUD can happen to anyone when you least expect it–typically by someone you may already know. Believe me, it is the most horrendous experience anyone could ever go through. At first, I felt like I did not have any control over my life. Because of the nefarious activities of an obsessed, greedy person; that obviously doesn’t fear the law and the consequences of stealing and committing “tax fraud” unknowing to me for 8-years. Now, isn’t that crazy?
The “Predator/Criminal” that has stolen my identity has been trolling my platform, looking for innocent victims. While, attaching their business, and one-and-only book to my Good name, and platform—making it appear as if it were my book and company. (She is a Parasite, Predator, and Criminal).
But, as you all know— “I AM” a Caregiver and Eldercare Advocate, and “I AM” COMMITTED to the health, safety, and welfare to the voiceless and vulnerable. And, I AM an advocate for myself, which is a significant part of self-care, and wellness.
I Have FAITH.
Note: I will not stop until this “Predator/Criminal” is Behind Bars. Yes, We know who the person is…
Moving forward please review this SPECIAL NOTE: Please be sure to check the credentials of anyone that professes to be a” Life and or Business Coach.” Why am I sharing this information? Because, there are predators— appearing to be” Legitimate” on Facebook, and other social media platforms posing as a Life & Business Coach, but, the truth of the matter is—that is not the person‘s real intent or company. They have falsified and have been using my business tax I.D., while filing their taxes under my birthright name/nonprofit EIN for the past EIGHT-YEARS for “HER” business, without my knowledge, consent, and permission.
How did I find this out? Yes, the IRS and public records told me the whole story. Yes, it sounds crazy, but it’s all true. Now, I see—I must write a book on Identity Theft. Unfortunately, I now have first-hand experience—dealing with IDENTITY THEFT.
Please note —I am not or have ever been affiliated with a business life coach, as part of my platform or brand. Yes, this fraud and identity theft has been reported to both State & Federal agencies and police departments from coast to coast.
Special Note: If anyone tells you that they are Affiliated with Carolyn A. Brent & CareGiverStory Inc., please contact me immediately, or your local police department.
Before hiring a Life/Business Coach, it is best practice to check the following:
• Criminal background.
• Contact the Better Business Bureau and review business records.
• Do your research! And, find out why their business name changes yearly. Note, this may be a tell-tale sign that something is wrong.
• Don’t take the word from the person—learn all you can about the business before you do any business with them.
• Make sure they have legitimate and bona fide credentials—from the school (s) and or universities that the business/person is promoting and professing to have graduated.
• Be sure to check and see if they have a website? If not, ask why? This could be a tell-tale sign that the website has been shut down for a legitimate and legal reason. (My Predators Website–was Shutdown!)
• It is not easy to have a website shutdown unless there is supporting “evidence” of wrongdoing, with nefarious intent.
• Be aware that “predators” will lure you in—by offering a “FREE quick coffee chat,” 30-minute “Introductory Clarity Breakthrough Session” and, other FREE items. Caution ➡️ Don’t take the bate! RUN, RUN, and RUN!!!
• Look online to see if fraud or wrongdoing has been reported.
• Please Be on the lookout, we are living in a time when you must VETT everything and everyone!
If you or your loved one requires someone to talk to for life coaching and or personal issues–please contact your medical healthcare professionals and asked for a Certified and Credentialed Life and or Business Coach.
Now, On A Happy Note
I wish you, and your loved ones the very best ✨✨✨ Holiday Season. And I thank all of my readers for supporting my written work for the past 10-years.
1 Peter 5:7 KJV – Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
Identity Theft Statistics
Editor’s Choice: Top ID Theft Statistics
There were 16.7 Million ID theft victims in the US in 2017 leading to the loss of over $17 billion
In the past year, 446,515,334 personal records were exposed in the US, not including the 1.68 billion non-sensitive exposed records
40% of consumers across the world have been targets of ID theft at least once. 8 million records per day were stolen in the first half of 2018 worldwide, leading to 3.3B compromised data records
1.3 million children have their identities stolen every year
Having a social media account increases the chance of ID theft by 46%
Famous data breaches in 2018: Facebook, Google+, Quora, MyFittnesPal
The global average cost per data breach incident rose to $3.86 Million in 2018
Source: Editor’s Choice: Top ID Theft Statistics
2019 Identity theft statistics
Trends and statistics about identity theft
Who is most at risk for identity theft?
Most identity thefts are crimes of opportunity. Identity thieves often target those who don’t regularly check for identity theft warning signs and are unlikely to report irregular activity on their credit reports.
Children and Seniors
Everyone with a Social Security number is at risk for identity theft, but two demographics are targeted aggressively and often: the very young and the very old.
Children are targeted because identity thieves can use a child’s Social Security numbers to establish a fraudulent “clean slate.” Identity theft experts recommend parents monitor their children’s credit reports to check for identity theft as often as their own.
Seniors are targeted most often over the telephone and through internet phishing scams. Some studies suggest that people become more trusting as they age, which explains why it’s more difficult for older adults to detect fraudsters.
Source: 2019 Identity theft statistics