How Do Identity Thieves Steal An Identity
Frequently Asked Questions
How Do Identity Thieves Steal An Identity?
Identity thieves generally begin by misusing individuals' social security numbers, addresses, credit card numbers, and/or other financial and personal information. In order to obtain these types of information from individuals, identity thieves will go to great lengths, such as:
- Dumpster Diving
- Identity thieves will rummage through trash, looking for bills or other documents that contain personal information
- Thieves will also steal credit and debit card numbers by using a special storage device when processing individuals' cards.
- This is where con artists pretend to be financial institutions or companies, and send individuals fraudulent mass emails in an attempt to obtain their personal information.
- Address Changing
- Sometimes, they will redirect individuals' billing addresses to another location by completing a change of address form
- Old-Fashioned Stealing
- Thieves will steal purses and wallets in order to obtain personal and financial information. They may also steal credit card statements, pre-approved credit card offers, new checks, personal records or tax forms.
- Identity thieves will also use false pretenses to obtain personal information from financial institutions, telephone companies and other sources.