|For many, many years people paid very little attention to what they threw into the trash and how they discarded documents and papers with personal and financial information contained thereon. Trash was trash and you simply never considered the prospect that someone actually might scrounge through your refuse to find information that would assist them in stealing from you, in assuming your identity.
In fact, a significant number of people responsible to identity theft further their crimes by digging through peoplesí trash, by dumpster diving. Because people are so casual (indeed, really careless) about the manner in which they dispose of documents that contain personal or financial information, a trashcan or dumpster can be a true treasure trove for a person intent on committing identity theft.
With this in mind, you should consider investing in an inexpensive paper shredder. With a low cost paper shredder, you can rest easy knowing that the documents that end up in your trash will be in a condition that they will be of no use to a person intent on identity theft.