a start of what should be shredded before discarding. Just tearing them in half
makes it too easy for a dumpster diver to reconstruct the original.
* Credit card statements
* Bank statements
* Utility statements
* Tax-related information
* Preapproved credit card applications
* ATM receipts
* Expired visas and passports.
* Cancelled or voided checks
We do not think that shredding a credit card and throwing it away is sufficient enough. Either split the shredded card in 3 piles and throw them away on different trash pickup days or burn them.
of identity theft in 2006 (note that 63% of identity theft was from sources the
consumer had control over).
* 30% - businesses (data breaches, bad employees, fraudulent transactions)
* 30% - lost or stolen wallets, credit/debit cards, and checkbooks
* 15% - trusted people (family, friends, coworkers)
* 9% - stolen mail and rifling through garbage
* 9% - computer related (viruses, phishing, hacking)
* 7% - other
For some things you can do to help prevent mail theft check out my column HERE