A security guard in the Washington, DC area was recently charged in connection with a long running and lucrative identity theft scheme that was so simple and easy, it bordered on brilliant. Over a period of nearly four years, the guard and a friend regularly stole mail from local mailboxes and businesses, and then used the information in that mail to steal the identities of more than 200 victims. In this case, the two crooks are believed to have supplemented their incomes by more than $356,000.
- Guard your mail. Mail theft is still the easiest first step to all kinds of identity theft and fraud, so do everything you can to have your mail delivered directly into your home and not to a curb-side mailbox.