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Web Stalkers
Chapter 8 -
Identity Theft

Lost ID Cards

A stolen purse or wallet can be a gold mine for an identity thief.  Not only can the thief use the credit cards for purchases, driver’s licenses in some states use a person’s social security number for the license number.  Many people have their social security number printed on their checks for convenience.  With a social security number and current address, a thief can obtain credit in many places.

Dumpster Diving

When someone finishes balancing their checkbook, their next action might be to file the bank statement or simply toss it in the trash.  Even if the individual files it, at some point they will decide to discard old paperwork, perhaps as part of a house cleaning in preparation for a move.  Whenever financial records like bank statements, phone bills, and credit card bills are disposed, there is an inherent risk. 

Many criminals have no compunctions about digging through garbage and taking credit card statements, which normally contain the name, address, card number and available credit of the cardholder.  This information can then be used to place orders online.

A basic shredder for home use can be purchased for a reasonable price.  Shredding all documents before discarding anything that contains private information is a smart way to protect oneself from dumpster diving criminals seeking to separate people from their hard-earned money.

The above text is an excerpt from:

Web Stalkers
Protect yourself from Internet Criminals & Psychopaths
ISBN 0-97-45993-9-5

by Donald K. Burleson, Stephen Andert

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