Identity Theft

How Thieves Can Steal Your Personal Information

Thieves steal identity information from 15 million people every year.

Ways Thieves Can Steal Your Identity

  • Dumpster Diving: Thieves go through trash to find documents with victims' personal information.
  • Social Engineering: Thieves pretend to be trustworthy organizations to get victims to reveal personal information.
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  • Shoulder Surfing: Thieves stand close behind people to record personal information.
  • Phishing: Thieves trick people into giving away personal information through spam email, phone messages, regular mail, social networks, and text messages.
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  • Credit/Debit Card Theft: Thieves steal their victims' cards and make unauthorized purchases.
  • Skimming: Thieves record information from cards' magnetic strips and make copies for themselves. They may use personal scanning devices or cameras to record the information.
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Why is this information important?

It is extremely important to protect your identity and personal information because thieves can use your personal information to make purchases and perform other unauthorized tasks in your name. Their actions can cost you much money and can do a great amount of damage to your credit score, making it hard for you to obtain credit and loans in the future and even making you less likely to be employed or allowed to rent or buy a home.