When your personal information has been compromised and you become a victim of identity theft, it can be a very complicated and stressful issue. Therefore, you should do everything you can to avoid being taken advantage of.
Thieves can steal your identity through physically stealing your cards and documents, by rummaging through your trash, by skimming numbers with a special storage device when processing your credit cards, by changing your address and diverting your billing statements, by phishing or by pretexting.
With phishing, they pretend to be financial institutions or companies and send spam email or social media messages online to get you to reveal your Social Security number, back account numbers, credit card numbers and other personal information. With pretexting, they use false pretenses to obtain your information -- such as claiming they are calling from a research firm or other organization to get your name, birth date and Social Security number. From there, they attempt to get your account information from financial institutions, and then usually sell that information to people who use your credit, steal your money and otherwise use your identity.
Though there's no way to completely eliminate the risk of identity fraud, you can greatly reduce it.
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