While the possibility of identity theft and fraud are ever-present today, the danger can still feel somewhat abstract. The idea of nefarious criminals selling stolen credentials can seem far away from an everyday life of Facebook scrolling and Google spreadsheets.
Think about the devices you own that are collecting data about your activities right now. If you use a fitness tracker on a smartwatch or phone, you are generating a trail of readings. Sensors on your car may be collecting information about when, where and how you’re using it.
Identity theft has been a part of the financial threat landscape for years, dating back to before the digital revolution. The ability to steal money, directly or indirectly, through impersonating someone is a well-worn instrument in the fraud toolbox.
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No one can prevent all identity theft.
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