The US is no stranger to producing garbage. We are a consumer society, and we throw away the old for the new like there’s no tomorrow. So it is no wonder ID theft is so easy to perpetrate.
While there has been a recent rash of data theft at the hands of data brokers and financial institutions, Inside Bay Area points out that “dumpster diving” is a heck of a lot easier, and that you garbage contains a plethora of useful data such as credit card statements (you know you want to throw those away), phone bills, healthcare statements, old insurance cards, etc.
There is, however, an easy solution.
Get a paper shredder!