There are various ways to commit identity theft; it ranges from the simple modus of taking personal information from discarded receipts and documents to the technical modus of using specialized software. As these modus operandi progresses, the authorities find it also necessary to level up the protection and virtual security of the consumers as identity theft prevention. In essence, identity theft perpetrators try to use other mediums to commit the crime. One of the mediums now being used is the snail mail.
Upon realizing that some snail mails contain personal information which could also be a source of personal information of a person, some identity theft perpetrators now devised some ways to intercept the mails being delivered to residential addresses. What they usually do is contact your bank or other businesses you have credit into and divert the mail by sending it elsewhere by giving them a new home address or through a change-of-address form. Based on investigations of WCBS, a New-York based television station; this has been the latest trick in identity theft. This method requires no ID, and not much effort to file for a fake change-of-address card. Although the number of fraudulently filed change of address forms at present is only small, its impact is huge since bank statements, unapproved credit card forms and other information are passed through identify thieves who claims their stolen identity.
A nonprofit consumer advocacy group Privacy Rights Clearinghouse reports that about 100 million or more records have been stolen since 2005 from Americans. Basically, this robbed information includes Security number, employer name and bank accounts which are essential and can be used in great monetary loss to the victims.
In order to avoid falling victim to this modus operandi and protect identity theft, Whitney M.T of Natural News suggests the following measures: