Identity Theft 101
I found a great resource on the life lock website: http://www.lifelock.com/education/. The site defines Identity theft, the latest ways people steal it, data by state and other pertinent articles. While the sites purpose is to sell lifelock services , it does not strong arm you into buying anything. It is very easy to navigate and a great resource on the topic of identity theft. The following are a few excerpts from the site:
Despite all the high-tech innovations and advancements available to identity thieves, old-fashioned “dumpster diving” – literally digging through your trash – remains a popular method for stealing large amounts of your personal information.
Will thieves really go through your garbage?
Absolutely. Why? Because Americans receive over 4 million tons of junk mail each year1, and much of this mail – such as pre-approved credit cards, credit card bills, and bank statements – includes your personal information. Dumpster-diving identity thieves root through your trash because they know the documents you discard as garbage contain personal identity information that can be spun into gold when used in a variety of illegal manners.
How big of a threat is Dumpster Diving?
Identity theft remains one of the fastest-growing crimes in America2, and, based on the reports of identity theft victims, it was claimed that 88% of the information collected by thieves was obtained through dumpster diving.3
The lifelock site also has a great interactive map. Simply click on your city and state to view pertinent information as it relates to identity theft & fraud in your area
Identity Theft & Fraud in Indiana
National Rank for Identity Theft Complaints
Number of identity theft complaints in 2011.
Top three identity theft types:
- Government documents or benefits fraud
- Phone or utilities fraud
- Credit card fraud
I hope this article was of interest to you. I give this site a thumbs up! http://www.lifelock.com/education/