How scammers get your information.
Have you ever wondered how personal information ends up with scam artists? Think about the abundance of fake emails, phishing emails, unsolicited phone calls, junk mail and other items that you receive that have your name, address, email, and other personal information. The fact is, while these scammers are experts at stealing people’s identifying information, very often you are giving away your personal information without even realizing it. Here’s how:
Contests can be very enticing but are a gold mine for scammers. Things like your name, age, gender, email, whether you own a home, that you are looking to buy a car, that you like to travel, etc. are things they can learn just by your entry.
Warranty cards—mail-in or online
Warranty cards are not bad, especially if it’s a big ticket item. Be careful when entering your annual salary, or other personal information. Only share the important information and do not volunteer to provide information.
Surveys are important for customer feedback and are becoming an integral part of the business. Sometimes, this information you provide is collected and sold to third parties. When filling out a survey be careful not to answer any personal questions. Most surveys will offer “choose not to answer” option. This may be a good choice if they are asking for personal identifiable information.
Throwing Away Mail
Trash is a goldmine to scam artists. Any mail that has NAP (Name, Address, or Phone) or any other personal information should never be thrown away in the garbage, always shred before you throw away.
Protecting your personal information is hard work but with a few tips and shredding, you can protect your information from scammers.