Contrary to popular belief, identity fraud does not always begin online. According to Travelers claim data, 44 percent of ID fraud cases happen offline. And the craftiness of identity thieves extends far beyond stealing credit or identity cards, some will even sift through your trash to uncover personal information, lifting them off bank statements, bills, tax returns, junk mails and more. All that’s needed is a name and a phone number, then a thief can fake as a representative from the bank to get your private information. With an added address, they can build a persona of you to apply for several credit cards, leaving you in huge amount of debts.
Little bits of seemingly harmless information can be extremely dangerous in the wrong hands. So if you’re not careful about what you discard in the trash, you could end up becoming a victim of identity theft.