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|How Identity Thieves Steal an Identity|
|Written by Barbara Mathews|
|Wednesday, 15 February 2012 19:34|
We are pleased to have a guest posting from Trish Hackett Nicola, CG, of Seattle, Washington. She posted this information on the Members Only list of the Association of Professional Genealogists and has given us permission to republish it. Trish writes:
This is what the FTC says about identity theft. It doesn't mention the SSDI.
"How do thieves steal an identity?
Identity theft starts with the misuse of your personally identifying information such as your name and Social Security number, credit card numbers, or other financial account information. For identity thieves, this information is as good as gold.
And here is what the Department of Justice said in 2001: http://www.cybercrime.gov/usamarch2001_3.htm [I don't believe it is much different in 2012. They don't mention SSDI.]
"How Does Identity Theft Occur?
Identity theft occurs in many ways, ranging from careless sharing of personal information, to intentional theft of purses, wallets, mail, or digital information. In public places, for example, thieves engage in "shoulder surfing" watching you from a nearby location as you punch in your telephone calling card number or credit card number or listen in on your conversation if you give your credit card number over the telephone. Inside your home, thieves may obtain information from your personal computer while you are on-line and they are anonymously sitting in the comfort of their own home. Outside your home, thieves steal your mail, garbage, or recycling. Outside medical facilities or businesses, thieves engage in "dumpster diving" going through garbage cans, large dumpsters, or recycling bins to obtain identity information which includes credit or debit card receipts, bank statements, medical records like prescription labels, or other records that bear your name, address, or telephone number."
See "9 Ways to Prevent Identity Theft by Computer Hackers," 16 Aug 2011 [It doesn't mention SSDI.]
Maybe we should give them statistics about where Identity theft is coming from and use their own figures.