Identity theft doesn’t just occur online as desperation has set in. They do not settle for forceful or hidden techniques anymore. They do their job by literally picking up your trash. Whether you believe it or not, identity thieves will dig in your garbage can to get even the minutest information they can find. This is disgusting to most people however, this is actually a great way to get the information they need.
They are called “dumpster divers” because they dive into piles and piles of garbage to look for identity clues of their targets. Although it seems low-tech, Dumpster Diving has now gained its popularity in many states. Consumers who thought they were well-protected find themselves victims of their own negligence. Because creating garbage made up of documents, receipts, and papers is inevitable, the question is how to deal with these garbage raiders. Following are some simple but effective ways:
- Destroy all your documents which contain personal information. You have to do this by shredding, as it will destroy all content documents effectively.
- Pick out all documents and papers which contain sensitive information. These may include credit card receipts, medical documents, utility bills, bank statements, paycheck stubs, anything containing your social security number, and do not forget pre-approved credit offers because they usually have lots of information on them.
- If you are in the habit of recycling, still follow number one, destroy all traces of information to avoid getting in trouble.
- Contact people, businesses, and companies who have or know your personal information because they may be targets to get to you. Inform them that you need help to secure your protection against identity stealing.