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February 17,2009

  • CC and ID Theft 2009, Pt.4
      The ‘low-lifes'.


    8) Break-ins: This is similar to item #2. Thieves may break into your home or car to steal your credit card or ID information. Sometimes it's just visitors or neighbors who you allow to walk through your home. Leaving secure credit card or ID items laying around can invite temptation. It's best to keep these kinds of materials in secure places to cover all these possibilities.

    9) Mail Theft: It's commonly known by credit card and ID thieves that vital information is more commonly provided in outgoing mail than incoming. Full credit card vitals are often included when paying bills. But, it's all fair game for the credit card or ID thief. For outgoing, it's safer to place items with this kind of content directly into official postal deposit repositories. For incoming, residential mailboxes are readily available with slotted locking doors. Even the old-fashioned door slots are safer then an easily accessible open box outside your house.

    10) Trash Theft: It's all game to a thief. Some of them will stoop to any depth. Shred your disposable vital credit card or ID documents and correspondence.

    11) Food Courts: How many times do we forget the napkins or ketchup and have to momentarily leave the ‘stuff' on the table while we quickly run back to the counter to get condiments? We see it all the time, don't we? Leave the purse or receipt-covered credit card on the table. Surprisingly, reports come in every day of how much damage a credit card or ID thief can do in an hour at the mall with a filched card.

    12) Non-PCI businesses: Although it's illegal, some small businesses have not yet updated their credit card systems. The receipts they print display full card numbers and expiration dates. This was very common a year ago and you still see a few around today. Always check your receipts for this condition. Remember, the merchant always keeps a copy and the employees have easy access to it.

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