Most information collected from you is collected legitimately, from grocery stores, magazine subscriptions, buying habits gleaned from credit card purchases, insurance carriers and doctor’s offices. However, sometimes criminals gain access to this information.
Another method of information gathering is much darker. Dumpster Divers check your mailbox and your garbage for credit card statements, bill receipts and other documents that may give them information on your credit or banking information.
Take your mail to the post office or put it in your mailbox right before the mail carrier comes. Shred all bill receipts, credit card statements and applications, and bank statements. Don’t forget to destroy any other mail that comes to you and identifies any personal information.