There’s nothing high tech about this method of identity theft. Old fashioned dumpster diving is still a popular way for identity thieves to get a hold of your bank account statements, credit card numbers and more.
Do Thieves Really Go Through My Trash?
You better believe it. With over 4 million tons of garbage thrown away in the United States annually, there is a treasure trove of sensitive information in all of that which id thieves can’t wait to get their hands on. From credit card bills, pre-approved credit card offers, to old tax documents and loan information, all of which includes personal information which has the potential to be used in any number of illegal ways when in the hands of a criminal.
Dumpster Diving Threat Level – High!
Identity theft victims report that nearly 88% of all the sensitive information illegally collected by ID thieves was taken from the victims trash without their knowledge.
- Pre-approved credit card offers
- Street address
- Social Security number
- Telephone number
- Email address
- Bank account information
- Employment history
- Other personal information
- Americans receive over 4 million tons of junk mail each year
- Identity theft victims claim that 88% of the stolen information thieves obtained by dumpster diving.