Today, identity theft is a realer threat than ever before. After Target’s recent data breach sent hordes of consumers into a frenzied panic, people quickly shed the “it will never happen to me” attitude. One of the largest data hacks in American history, the breach lasted nearly three weeks and covered the busiest shopping time of the year: Black Friday through Christmastime. Over the course of that time, the credit and debit card information of over 40 million shoppers was compromised. The imminence and severity of this threat necessitates that all consumers fully understand identity theft and how to prevent it. Therefore, we’ve put together this list of frequently asked questions to help you take measures to protect yourself.
How Are Identities Stolen?
Identities are stolen in plenty of ways. The following are the more common ways in which scam artists have been known to steal private information: