How Identity Thieves Get Your Information

  1. They steal wallets and purses containing your identification and credit and bank cards.
  2. They steal your mail, including your bank and credit card statements, pre-approved credit offers, new checks, and tax information.
  3. They complete a "change of address form" to divert your mail to another location.
  4. They rummage through your trash, or the trash of a business, for personal data.
  5. They fraudulently obtain your credit report by posing as a landlord, employer or someone else who may have a legitimate need for, and legal right to, the information.
  6. They find personal information you share on the Internet.
  7. They scam you, often through email, by posing as legitimate companies or government agencies you do business with.
  8. They get your information from the workplace in the practice know as "business record theft."