How Long Does Identity Theft Hurt?

The Lasting Effects of Identity Theft

When people ask about identity theft, one of the first questions that seems to come out is "How long will the effects of identity theft last?" The answer to this question, unfortunately, isn't always cut and dry. There are many factors to consider when estimating how long identity theft will affect someone. Here are some things to think about.

There Are Emotional Damages to Consider

When discussing the lasting effects of identity theft, it's important to remember that there are emotional damages to consider. How long it takes to recover from these damages will depend on your personality, who committed the crime, how bad it was and how much it hurt you.

Some people aren't effected emotionally for more than a few weeks. For others, it can take years to learn to trust again.

The Financial Aspect

The time it takes to recover financially from identity theft will also depend on your specific situation. If you catch the crime right away, it could take less than a month. Others will spend more than a year trying to recover from identity theft devastation. That's why catching identity theft in its infancy is critical and credit monitoring services are such a valuable tool.

Remember, prevention is the best route. Do whatever it takes to prevent identity theft and if, by chance, it still manages to happen you'll at least minimize the damages that occur.

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