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How Can Your Identity Be Stolen?

Identity thieves use a variety of methods to gain access to your personal information, including:

  • Stealing your wallet or purse containing your indentification, credit, and bank cards.
  • Stealing your mail, including your bank and credit card statements, pre-approved credit offers, and tax information. Also stealing your garbage and looking for discarded information.
  • Fraudulently obtaining your credit report by posing as a landlord or employer.
  • Buying your personal information from "inside" sources. For example, an identity thief may pay a store, restaurant, or hotel employee for information about you.
  • Taking information about you from the Web.

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