More than 40 percent of Americans have experienced fraudulent credit card charges. With the increase of online shopping and banking, fraudulent card use shifted in 2016 from stolen or counterfeit cards being used in-person to the account numbers being used remotely. This means it is more important than ever to regularly check statements. While your card may be in your wallet, that doesn’t mean it isn’t being used by a criminal somewhere. But it’s not just your financial accounts that are targeted by identity thieves. Health insurance statement of benefits may alert someone that their identity was used to obtain medical services or prescriptions, known as medical identity theft.
Believe it or not, dumpster diving is still a method identity thieves use to get personal information.
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