While identity thieves
steal information from sources outside the tax system, the IRS is often the first to inform a victim that identity theft has occurred.
Sometimes identity thieves
will file a change of address with the Postal Service so that any bills or documents for their fraudulent accounts don't make it to you.
like to impersonate customer service representatives and ask to verify your birthday, Social Security number, or other personal data.
employ tactics such as looking over your shoulder when you're filling out an application form in a shop, watching as you enter your PIN.
Certain industries face greater threats due to the resalable nature of their products, like electronics, computers, technology and even food and so forth, but identity thieves
find small businesses just as profitable as large ones.
Likewise, Adam Levin, Identity Theft 911 chairman and co-founder, says identity thieves
are specifically targeting several categories, including the deceased.
Not only are preapproved offers annoying, they also present an easy opportunity for identity thieves
. Opt out of preapproved offers of credit at www.optoutprescreen.com.
USED computer hard drives are being searched by identity thieves
and industrial spies, an international study has concluded.
The identity thieves
have pocketed at pounds 500,000 from the sophisticated scam - which they converted into untraceable gold bullion.
"When even the federal government has trouble maintaining the security of our personal data, it is time to take action to protect ourselves, our members and their customers from hackers and identity thieves
," said FMI president and c.e.o.
steal consumers' time, money and security just as sure as they steal their identifying information, and they cost businesses enormous sums," said Majoras.
To coincide with Valentine's Day, Internet security developer Webroot Software cautioned users to protect themselves and their families against dangerous Internet threats and identity thieves
when looking for love online.