6 ways to fall victim to identity theft

Overall, 33 percent of U.S. adults have experienced identity theft, which is more than twice the global average. Make sure you are aware of these common traps when it comes to identity theft.

Malware & Viruses

Criminals use tactics to infiltrate your devices and may steal information or hold your device and files to ransom until you pay a fee.

Data Breaches

Unfortunately companies often fall victim to data breaches where customers’ personal information is exposed. This means criminals can get hold of your data.

Mail Theft

If you have an unlocked mailbox, identity thieves can easily steal your mail containing your personal information.This also applies to your garbage so make sure you shred any personal data.

Change of Address

With just a name and address someone can divert your mail. They can then collect additional information about you such as credit card information or your Social Security Number.

Wallet Theft

If someone gets hold of your wallet, think about how much information they would have on you, SSN, name, age, bank accounts, health insurance details and more.

Oversharing on Social Media

Always be aware of what you are sharing, if strangers can predict your movements it’s easy for them to steal your identity or belongings.