You may become a victim of identity theft if someone steals key
pieces of information about you -- such as your name,
address, date of birth, social security number or even your mother's maiden name. Theft of these items could enable someone to commit any number of acts of fraud including, taking over your financial accounts, opening new accounts, applying for credit cards or loans, social security benefits and use of rental services. The goal of identity thieves is to spend as much money as possible before the person realizes they have been victimized.
Remember...Minimize Your Risk
Take preventative actions to avoid being victimized. Don't give anyone personal information about yourself. Shred any documents or credit cards that you do not need or use. Keep track of your purse, wallet and briefcase at all times. Retrieve your mail from your mailbox promptly.