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Identity Theft: How ID Thieves Steal

In the 21st century, identity theft or ID theft has become the most common and prevalent type of crime in many countries around the world. In this regard, you may be wondering what techniques an identity thief might employ in the process of identity theft or ID theft.

In point of fact, there are a number of basic techniques that are employed be people intent on identity theft or ID theft:

  • mail theft
  • fraudulent address change
  • trash can diving
  • outright theft
  • Internet scams
  • Phone call scams

Each of these different types of scams or schemes in regard to identity theft or ID theft will be discussed in turn.

 

Mail Theft

One of the more common ways that a personís identity can be stolen is through the theft of that personís mail. A typical identity thief takes mail from a mailbox -- both outgoing and incoming mail alike.

In this regard, mail can be a treasure trove of information that can assist a criminal in furthering an identity theft scheme -- banking information, credit card information and many other pieces of information.

 

Fraudulent Address Change

Another ďtoolĒ used by a person intent on committing identity theft is the fraudulent change of another personís mailing address. In some instances, if an identity thief knows where a person banks, that thief will cause the bank to change that personís mailing address for the purposes of bank statements and other documents being sent to the thief. Similarly, an identity thief can also have all mail for another person routed to his or her address, allowing the criminal the chance to swipe personal and financial information.




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Trash Can Diving

Many times a person can further an identity theft by taking financial and personal information and records out of the trash can. Trash can or dumpster diving has proven to be a very effective way of furthering the crime of identity theft.

 

Outright Theft

In other instances, a thief will steal a person's purse or wallet in order to obtain personal and financial information in order to further identity theft.

 

Internet Scams

There are numerous scams and schemes that are prevalent on the Internet and World Wide Web through which the crime of identity theft can be furthered. Because the Internet is the home to so many identity thieves, it is very important that a person exercise extreme caution when dealing with his or her personal or financial information on the Internet and World Wide Web.

 

Phone Call Scams

Finally, the telephone remains another method through which an identity thief can further his or her schemes. One should never provide personal or financial information over the telephone unless and until that person is 100% certain that the information is being provided to a reputable business for a valid purpose.

 

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