There's a new breed of thieves out there.
They're slick and they're crafty. They're also greedy and have no conscience. And if they're successful, you'll never know you've been robbed - until it's too late.
So what are they stealing? It's personal information about you, and it's a lot easier to obtain than you might think. What good is this information? In the wrong hands, your personal information can be used for everything from obtaining credit cards and applying for loans to renting an apartment and writing checks - all in your name.
All that's needed to steal your identity is your social security number, birth date and other identifying information, such as your address, phone number, bank account number and anything else the imposter can find out about you. With this information, the imposter is ready to begin the crime.
But how does the imposter get your information? Unfortunately, it's not that difficult. For a crafty identity thief, a lost or stolen wallet or purse is a gold mine of information. With access to your credit cards, checks, Social Security card, even health insurance cards, an identity thief has everything he or she needs to open new accounts in your name.
For that reason, the Federal Trade Commission recommends that you take several immediate steps if your wallet or purse is stolen:
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