Identity Theft's Role in Missing Malaysia Airlines Jetliner

How the Jet with 239 People Onboard Disappeared

There's been much speculation about the Malaysia Airlines jet's disappearance. The plane departed from Kuala Lumpur with 239 passengers aboard on March 8, 2014, en route to Beijing. The Boeing 777 jet flew across Malaysia into the Gulf of Thailand at 35,000 feet, and then disappeared from radar screens. Many questions still remain about its fate. Theories have been raised about pilot error, plane malfunction, terrorism, and hijacking.

Did Identity Theft Play a Part?

Investigation has discovered that two Iranian passengers were traveling with stolen passports. At first, this raised questions about terrorist involvement. However, officials now believe that the two Iranian men who boarded the plane together with stolen passports weren't terrorists. The motives of one man, a 19-year-old Iranian named Pouria Nourmohammadi Mehrdad, are now suspected to involve plans to migrate to Germany, rather than terrorism.

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The second man was identified by Interpol as a 29-year-old Iranian. Both men traveled to Malaysia on their Iranian passports, then apparently switched to using stolen Italian and Austrian and documents. The U.S. State Department reports that an average of 320,000 U.S. passport cards and books are reported lost or stolen annually.

As officials downplay the suspicions of foul play, the search for answers widens and the mystery grows.

What You Can Do

While you may not be able to be part of the search efforts, the missing airplane is an important reminder about taking proper steps to protect yourself. Identity theft protection is something we all need to be proactive about. Passports are only one example of the types of records that need to be protected. Credit reports should be checked for suspicious activity regularly, but there are also measures that can be taken to prevent damage before it occurs. US Legalforms offers a large selection of top quality identity theft forms, as well as the following packages:

  • Identity Theft Recovery
  • Identity Theft Prevention
  • Identity Theft from a Known Imposter
  • Protecting Minors from Identity Theft
  • Protecting Deceased Persons from Identity Theft

Taking a few minutes now to protect credit, financial assets, and job opportunities is vital. The damage an identity thief can cause from the misuse of benefits, false arrests, and other fraudulent uses of your information, can be a lengthy and expensive nightmare. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, especially when all it takes is filling out some simple, inexpensive legal forms.

Despite the hope for the passengers? survival, the incident is symbolic of the uncertainties in life. We all need to be prepared for the unexpected by preparing essential legal documents. A last will is necessary for everyone, regardless of wealth. It can not only carry out your final wishes for inheritance of your property, but can be used to appoint a guardian for children and dependents, and express preferences for handling of final remains and memorial services. A living will is needed to express your medical treatment and life support preferences if you're unable to communicate. A durable power is also essential to avoid a costly and time-consuming guardianship process if you're unable to handle your affairs

Hopefully, the story of the MH307 plane will have a happy ending. However, it serves as an important reminder of how our lives can change in an instant. There are so many things in life that are beyond our control. If an unfortunate event occurs, having your legal paperwork in order can help you control the outcome and minimize the headaches involved

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