Identity thieves continue to find new ways to steal your personal information in addition to using some old tricks that still work. It’s important to know the tactics used by identity thieves so you can protect yourself.
Your personal information can be stolen through the following methods:
- family members using your personal information to open accounts without your knowledge or consent.
- phishing which is the attempt to get your personal or financial information by responding to internet pop ups or email spam.
- stealing your wallet or purse.
- vhishing which is the attempt to get your personal and financial information using telphone.
- stealing your mail that may include pre-approved credit card offers.
- filling out a change of address form and collecting your mail.
- looking over your shoulder while you take money out of an ATM
- creating fake websites requiring you to enter your personal information.
- fake job offers that require you to complete detailed information used to steal your identity.
- setting up wifi hot spots that allow thieves to peak into your connected mobile device.
- using credit card and debit card skimmers that copy the information found on the magnetic stripe of your card.
Additionally, identity thieves can steal your information by hacking into businesses that store your personal information such as:
- A data breach of a retailer, university or employer database.
- Stolen from doctor’s offices.
Protect your identity and limit the information you share with organizations. Always ask what is the purpose of the request with any persons or organization requesting detailed personal and financial information.