There are a million different ways for identity thieves to steal your identity. It’s not even surprising to know that the most ancient methods of stealing your identity are still the most effective and efficient way to do so. For instance, your mail box and your garbage cans are the wealthiest locations where you can risk your identity. Scams done via mail are still most frequent.
There is an old saying that goes, ‘one person’s trash is another person’s treasure.’ In the case of identity theft, this can be very true. Up until the present time, the most famed cases of identity theft that was ever prosecuted involved dumpster diving.
Dumpster diving involves an individual ‘diving’ or looking through another person’s trash for items or documents that can be utilized or sold to somebody else.
Typically or in most cases, dumpster divers look for items that includes items that can be recycled, reused or resold to another person like slightly used clothing, knick-knacks, CDs, movies, etc. It cannot be denied that a lot of people throw into waste a lot of good stuffs all the time. Now when dumpster divers get hold of these trash and they can still use it, why don’t they, right?
It all sounds to be a very noble theory except for the fact that people throw a lot of paper and documents.
On the average, an individual throws at least 860 lbs of paper a year. These papers include personal information and details such as account numbers, birth dates and even social security numbers.
The passage of the Identity Theft and Assumption Deterrence Act of 1998 or the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act has obligated a lot of corporations, businesses and organizations to be more responsible in dealing with their storage and disposal of personal information especially those involving their employees, clients and customers.
This has made significant changes in the way corporations handle other people’s information. It has proven to be a very significant step towards identity theft protection. At least, with the prosecution of Massey, people realized that dumping personal information in the trash should be done so with care and more and more individuals are taking steps towards protecting their own identity starting with their own trash.
Everyone is encouraged to be responsible. That’s the first step to protect yourself from identity theft.