Identity Theft occurs when a thief uses any bit of your personal information to commit fraud or theft. Arizona leads the nation in the number of reported cases of Identity Theft. Preventing cases of Identity Theft is a difficult task, however there are several precautions you can take to reduce your risk of becoming a victim.
Identity thieves obtain your personal information in many ways. They steal wallets and purses, burglarize homes, raid mail boxes, and rummage through garbage cans looking for names, dates of births, financial information and social security numbers. They may break into business offices to take data files or hack into computer systems looking for personal identifiers.
A thief may even call, write, or e-mail a victim posing as a representative from a bank, or other company, requesting your personal information and account numbers.
The Federal Trade Commission offers a comprehensive web-site dedicated to the prevention of fraud and identity theft.
The Office of the Arizona Attorney General also provides information.