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How Identity Theft Happens

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There are many ways that criminals can obtain your personal information. For example they:
  • Steal wallets and purses containing your identification
  • Steal your mail, including your bank and credit card statements
  • Rummage through your trash to get your personal data
  • Find personal information in your home
  • Use personal information you share on the Internet
  • Scam you, often by email, by posing as legitimate companies
  • Steal files or bribe employees who have access to files with your information
  • Obtain your credit report by posing as a landlord or employer
  • Request a copy of your birth certificate from the county recorder’s office

 
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Last Modified: 07/30/2009