How many times do you get your credit card out and swipe it or enter the numbers while you’re shopping on-line? Probably more than you can count this time of year.
That’s exactly what identity thieves are counting on.
Identity theft is one of the most pervasive and elusive crimes our society is fighting. Lifelock, the leading protector of your identity, lists the following 14 ways you can lose your identity to thieves:
Dumpster Diving – that tried and true way to find your personal information from records that aren’t shredded.
Your Kids Activity – kids under 19 are now a huge part of the complaints due to their surfing behavior and other risky on-line activity.
A Stolen Wallet or Purse – of course, all your identification is in there so if that goes, you’re fair game for id thieves.
Peer-To-Peer (P2P) File Sharing – things in the file directories that aren’t protected are fair game for ID thieves even if you think it’s just peer to peer.
Change of Address cards – Thieves pretend to be you and change your address so they can get your personal mail.
Stolen Mail – An oldie but effective – the thief just takes the mail right out of your mailbox.
Shoulder Surfing – looking over your shoulder for credit card numbers and other personal information while in a public place.
SMSishing – this is a new way of stealing. Thieves send a text that looks legitimate and takes you to a spot where they get your information.
Skimmers – Thieves can get your credit card information from a machine that skims the info.
Vishing – also called Social Engineering which uses your trust in people to give over your personal information from a phone call.
Overlays on ATMs – the thieves add an invisible device to take your personal information from when you swipe the card in a legitimate place like an ATM or gas pump.
Online shopping – id thieves actually make a website appear to be totally legitimate but once you make that purchase, you’ve given up your personal information.
Data Breach – once the data has been compromised, it’s too late to help the victim in a giant data set.
The Lifelock website has a ton of information as well as their services that can help save you time, money and a lot of headaches by protecting your identity, one of the most important parts of your life.