How Identity Theft Happens

The Many Ways Thieves Can Steal Your Identity

Identity theft can happen hundreds of different ways.  With today’s fast paced and ever changing technological advances, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to keep personal information safe and secure. Identity thieves work diligently to obtain or access your social security number, credit card, and banking information. And with new scams coming out every day, one must stay ahead of the curve when it comes to protecting your identity.

Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in the U.S. The major culprit for identity theft stems from the internet, and the mass amount of readily available info online. Identity theft doesn’t stop there; we’ll touch on a handful of the major identity theft sources.


Common Identity Theft Methods:

  • Fake mortgage brokers offer super low rates to get individuals to provide personal info
  • Individuals act as an internet service provider by sending emails and requesting personal info
  • Secret shopper scams involving mailing back funds once paid
  • Skimmer steals check card and credit card numbers and pin numbers
  • Scanning card numbers through Blink
  • Stolen wallet including social security card
  • Dumpster diving
  • Mail theft
  • Phone scams
  • Via text message
  • A number of online scams i.e. Craigslist, Lottery winnings, Nigerian Prince, etc.


Educate Yourself

Not only is it important to be conscious of the ways you can have your identity or personal information stolen, it’s equally important to know the right steps to prevent identity theft.

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  • Click Here for ways in which to minimize or prevent identity theft

Have you suffered from identity theft? Are there any criminal uses we missed?

Please share your story or comments below.  Thanks – TDN

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