An individual’s identity can be stolen if they have their bank account information, credit card details, or Social Security number obtained without their knowledge. In many cases, the perpetrators of identity theft use more than one tactic. Identity thieves sometimes go through garbage cans in search of sensitive documents, such as bank and credit card statements.
Modern techniques entail breaking into company databases and downloading client lists. Identity thieves can do significant damage to a person’s credit and reputation once they obtain the information they need.
Nowadays, identity thieves rely heavily on computers to steal other people’s personal data and commit fraud. Machines can be hacked, public records can be accessed online, computers can be infected with information-gathering software, social media sites may be browsed, and fraudulent emails and texts can all be used to gain access to sensitive data.
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