Identity theft cases have risen steadily each year. For 2018, according to the FTC, there were 444,344 reported cases. In 2019, that number rose to 650,523. In 2020, that number soared to 1,387,615.
Victims of identity theft discuss how violated they feel. Also, they talk about how identity theft may have affected their livelihood or affected their character as some have had to deal with criminal charges, arrest, and court proceedings for something they did not commit. The victims of identity theft are often left holding the bag because the companies that fraudulent activity has been perpetrated against find it easier to go after the victim and not the guilty party. Sometimes, thousands of dollars and years of activity are spent in trying to clear one's name from the bad stain identity theft.
The worst part is that perpetrator of identity theft does not care about what they are doing to others. In fact, victims are not people to them, but pieces of data used to bring about their own ends -- whether to get money, material items, etc. They don't care and will not care, and nothing will change that fact. They often get away scot-free because it's hard to trace the activity to them.
If all that can happen in our everyday lives, how much more does spiritual identity theft affect our souls? What does it mean? How can we protect ourselves from it?
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