- “Dumpster diving” identity thieves go through your trash to look for papers with personal information. Super gross, but true!
- Some thieves file a change of address form at the Post Office and divert your billing statements to another location. So it may not be a good thing if you suddenly stop getting bills.
- Old-fashioned methods like stealing your papers from your mailbox or from your purse work just as well too.
You can lower your chances of becoming a victim of these felonious attempts by going paperless! It makes managing your accounts easier, safer, and hey, with all the paper you save you’ll be eco-friendly too. So go ahead and slap that “Go Green” bumper sticker on your hybrid with even more confidence!
Of course, doing business online or over the phone comes with a few dangers as well. Stay alert for suspicious callers and fishy e-mails (no, that Nigerian Prince is not going to wire you one hundred thousand dollars…sorry). And whatever system you prefer, always monitor your bank and credit accounts closely.