When people fall victim to identity theft they often wonder how it happened to them. The most common ways that thieves get your information include:

  • Stealing mail from your mailbox or trash from your garbage cans with sensitive information inside
  • Emails or “phishing scams”  that go to a fake website and records your passwords, usernames, credit card information, Social Security number or other personally identifiable information
  • Hardware on credit card scanners called “skimmers” that collect and record your card information and PIN to create duplicates
  • Malicious software on your computer, spyware, viruses, or hacking activity that records and transmits data from your computer
  • Emails or phone calls requesting help for a relative via wired money or promises of a large inheritance if you reveal your banking information

By knowing common points of exposure you can better protect yourself from fraud.


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