Most people think about identity theft as an issue that only happens when a criminal accesses personal information, and then takes over the checking account or open up a new account under a new name. The reality of this is that identity theft often occurs when a thief gains access to info from paper records or the telephone. It is through these methods that criminals can access your name, Social Security number or address, and then open up a new account or take over an existing one.
When a high-level criminal hacker is cracking databases and stealing millions of records each year, there is someone else who is on the streets using a low-tech version of stealing identities. These thieves live near you, they are in your neighborhood, and they steal your mail in hopes that they can obtain information that can be used to steal your identity.
What Can They Get From My Mail?