Change of Address

changeofaddressYou would be amazed how simple it is for a thief to steal your personal information simply by filling out a change of address form with the United States Postal Service, redirecting your mail to an address of their choosing.  Once they’ve done this, all of your personal data is theirs for the taking.

Change of Mailing Address Threat Level – High!

Each day, the USPS processes nearly 500 million pieces of mail. This gives possible ID thieves ample opportunity to steal your sensitive information via your mail.  Generally, these criminals will collect the mailing addresses of the mail they want to redirect.  Then they will complete the USPS change of address form either online or at a post office location.  Once completed, all mail is rerouted to the new address.

Does Change of Address Theft Actually Work?

Yes it does. And it was the number one way id thieves were able to gain access to existing accounts in 2010.  This includes, bank accounts, lines of credit etc.

Stolen Information Can Include:

  • Pre-approved card and loan offers
  • Social security number
  • Telephone numbers
  • Email address
  • Bank account information
  • Employment history and information
  • Other personal information

Possible Issues Resulting from Stolen Information:

  • Identity theft
  • Employment-related fraud
  • Loan fraud/payday loan fraud
  • Bank fraud
  • Benefits fraud
  • Tax fraud
  • Other identity fraud

Change of Address Stats:

  • Over 584 million pieces of mail are processed daily by the US Post Office
  • Using change of address forms was the #1 method of account takeover.