Identity theft, the act of stealing another person’s personal information with the intention of committing fraud, is a serious offense that law enforcement does not take lightly. With the rise of technology and the ease of sharing and accessing information, identity theft cases have surged. In fact, the Federal Trade Commission reported over 1.1 million identity theft complaints in 2022 in the U.S.
While identity theft may seem like a term associated with tech-savvy criminals, everyday activities and seemingly harmless actions can bring you under suspicion. Here are some actions that might lead law enforcement to suspect and potentially arrest you for identity theft.
Possessing personal identification documents without permission
If you have someone else’s social security card, driver’s license or any other personal identification document without a valid reason or their explicit permission, the police might see this as a sign of intent to commit identity theft. Even if you have no intention of misuse, possession itself can be incriminating.
Engaging in suspicious financial activities
Making large purchases, transferring significant amounts of money or opening numerous bank accounts in a short time span can raise red flags. If these activities involve information or funds that do not belong to you, it can be grounds for suspicion of identity theft.
Using someone else’s credit card without authorization
If you use someone’s credit card details without their knowledge or consent, it is not only a breach of trust but also a crime in the eyes of the Colorado police.
Receiving mail or packages under a different name
Consistently getting mail, especially financial statements or new credit cards, under a different name at your address can make the authorities suspect foul play. Even if it is a mistake or misunderstanding, it is important to clarify and correct such anomalies promptly.
Unexplained electronic activities
Certain online behaviors, such as accessing several accounts from various locations in a short time, can raise eyebrows. The digital footprint left behind could lead the police to suspect identity theft, especially if these actions involve accessing other people’s personal or financial data.
In Colorado, the authorities are ever-vigilant about potential cases of identity theft. You need to be aware of these reasons and ensure you do not inadvertently engage in any activity that could be an intent to commit this crime.