How does identity theft occur?

Identity thieves use a number of different ways to gain access to your personal information, they may:

  • Steal your wallet or purse containing identification cards, credit cards, and bank information.
  • Steal your mail including credit and bank statements, new checks, and tax information.
  • Go through trash cans and dumpsters stealing bills and documents with sensitive information.
  • Complete a "change of address" form to redirect your mail.
  • Work for a business, medical office, government agency and steal your personal information on the job.
  • Contact you via phone with an "offer" and ask you to send personal information to "qualify'.
  • Steal your personal information through email by saying they are with a legitimate company and claiming that you have a problem with your account. 

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