Strangers: Identity Theft and Identity Fraud

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Strangers: Identity Theft and Identity Fraud What is Identity Theft and Identity Fraud? The U.S. Department of Justice defines Identity theft and identity fraud as “all types of crime in which someone wrongfully obtains and uses another person’s personal data in some way that involves fraud or deception, typically for economic gain.” Some of the tactics used by thieves to steal personal information are through shoulder surfing. This is when people watch from a nearby location as you punch in credit cards, passcodes, or ATM pins. They can also listen, without you being aware, to your telephone conversations and gather information, such as your name, address, credit card/ account number, social security, security answers, address, and any other information sensitive information you might provide to financial agencies during a phone call conversation. Another way is through dumpster diving. This is when the thief goes through your garbage and collects copies of checks, credit cards, bank statements, pre-approved applications, and any other records with your name, address, and/or your telephone number to get access to your accounts or to obtain lines of credits under your name. In an attempt to be up to date with the latest technological advances, many elders are learning how to use laptops, tablets, and smart phones to gain easy and fast access to financial sites, social networking, and discounted travel agency sites. Before the internet made its debut, elders were often

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