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With a record high number of data breaches, there is the possibility of a hacker accessing your identity through no fault of your own. This crime continues to grow along with the methods they develop. Even if you were somehow at fault for your own identity theft—such as by clicking on a phishing email or handing over your information to a scammer—what’s done is done.

You may also have to deal with the fact that someone you know personally may be involved in the theft. That's a lot to absorb.

Identity theft is not your fault. The only person at fault is the thief that utilized your information to steal. Don’t feel embarrassed, ashamed or responsible.

Be prepared for a roller coaster ride of emotions. There is a profound loss of innocence and trust associated with this crime. Each time you answer the telephone or go to the mailbox, you wonder what new bill will appear. The idea of dealing with a newly discovered credit card or higher credit limits on each card, leaves you filled with dread, rage and helplessness. It is NORMAL for this crime to have an emotional impact on you and your family. This crime triggers deep fears regarding financial security and the safety of family members.

It’s important to deal with these emotions in a healthy manner. Take the time to pamper yourself.

Listen to your body. It will tell you what it needs - rest, a massage, a day at an amusement park, comfort foods (in moderation), a night at a comedy club, or a long bath.

Exercise is a wonderful way to relieve stress and get away from the telephone. Take a long walk in the park, at the beach, or around your favorite lake.

While the process of clearing up an identity theft is getting more and more streamlined, it’s still a time consuming, frustrating process.

While you work to restore your good name after identity theft, remember to take some time for your emotional health. Care for your needs and consider professional help if you find that the feelings are overwhelming 800-882-1341.

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