id imagesid theft Once again, Miss Patty’s bank account has been hit and she is the victim of identity theft.  What is amazing is that she is still holding her bank card.  It wasn’t lost or stolen.  How did someone manage to completely wipe out her account by purchasing items at O’Reilly’s Auto Parts and the Dollar Tree?  Whoever did this must have known his or her way around using someone else’s identity.  What is also curious is that in many establishments you must produce your identity card, so how did they manage to make the purchases?  The first time this happened to her it had been a co-worker who had been trying to purchase airline tickets to fly to London.  Miss Patty still isn’t sure how she accessed her account as she has her computer locked and the workmate was never actually near her computer.  It was baffling.  The worst part is that the bank will return the stolen money but they won’t fill you in on any of the details.  Miss Patty will never know how or who it was that broke into her account and emptied it.  Identity theft is serious.  It occurs everyday to many unsuspecting people.  According to the U.S. government, over 12,157,400 individuals are victims of identity theft every year.  That is a staggering number. It’s not just in the U.S.  It occurs around the globe where individuals have bank accounts and credit cards.  It happened to me many years ago.  I was balancing my checkbook and was able to view my account on line.  Suddenly, it had been drained over a three day period by a person in Las Vegas.  Again, they didn’t have my card.  There has to be a network that allows individuals who steal from bank accounts and credit cards and then have the money transferred to a special account that cannot be traced.  There was plenty of identity theft in the old west.  The unscrupulous people simply took over another person’s name when they died.  It was rare that they were even caught.  In the Good Gus Series everyone knew each other and when strangers visited, they were thoroughly checked by Sheriff Gus. (books available on Kindle)  If your identity has been stolen, please consider reading “Misplaced Trust.”  You will be amazed at a few of the things people did including pretending to be someone else. (books available on e-book websites)