Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Are people with unusual names more immune to identity theft? what about wrongful arrest?


Marketwatch has a an article from Dec. 2017 (post Trump) ratifying the idea that people with common names may be more vulnerable to identity theft.

However people with foreign names (even mine) may have more namesakes than they think.  (This can become a problem with domain names and trademarks.)

The article notes the possibility that if you are stopped by police you could be held if someone had committed a crime in your name. It lists states that have "identity theft passport programs") and they include Virginia.

  
Some employers require credit checks before and during employment and require associated to take ultimate responsibility for protecting their own identities.  This may be more difficult for people with common names. This was the case with my last employer in Texas in the 1980s, when ID theft was much less common.

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