You do not have to shop online or use e-mail as your main form of communication to become a victim of identity theft. In fact, there are less reported cases of identity theft online than through alternate means. Thieves may use any means necessary to obtain your personal information (social security number, account numbers, driver’s license, etc.). Once they have obtained this information they have the ability to open accounts and initiate financial transactions in your name, damaging your credit and creating debt.
You can help decrease your chance of becoming a victim by learning how to protect yourself!