Frank, Juengel & Radefeld, Attorneys at Law
Local: 314-282-8657
Toll Free: 800-748-2105

Common methods of identity theft

Increased use of technology has resulted in a higher incidence of identity theft. The number of data breaches, record exposures, credit card exposures and Social Security exposures steadily increases. Identity fraud is often the outcome of these personal information breaches. 

But what does identity theft look like? How do fraudsters obtain these private details? Here are some of the most common methods of committing this type of white-collar crime.

Skimming devices

Skimmers are small card-reading devices that perpetrators may install over payment systems at gas stations, checkout registers and ATMs. When someone swipes a credit or debit card, the skimmer steals and stores this information. The thieves then use this data to create counterfeit cards or make fraudulent purchases. 

Phishing

The internet is a prevalent tool for those who want to commit identity theft. A phisher is someone who creates and sends emails that appear legitimate. Phishers commonly pose as banks or popular websites. When recipients click on the links in these emails, they unknowingly install malware onto their devices, which exposes confidential information. 

Hackers

Hacking is another way to use the virtual world to steal identities. Hackers are criminals who install malicious software on websites and computer networks to steal personal information. Some hackers can obtain complete access and control of computers. 

Impersonation via phone or email

Sometimes, identity thieves simply contact a bank through a phone call or email. They make contact multiple times trying to receive different pieces of information about bank customers they wish to impersonate. Once they gain enough details, they can successfully impersonate the bank customers and receive access to accounts.

Dumpster diving

Fraudsters do not need to rely on sophistication to obtain sensitive information about individuals. Some identity thieves simply search through trash cans or mailboxes for documents containing personal details. These documents include bank statements, pay stubs and tax return copies.

Actions can be misinterpreted as fraudulent, leading to criminal charges. It is important to enlist the help of experienced criminal defense attorneys whenever one faces criminal charges.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
AV Preeminent The National Trial Lawyers Super Lawyers Top 50 Avvo Rating Avvo Rating 10
The Bar Association Of Metropolitan St Louis Illinois State Bar Association St Louis Business Journal National Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers The Missouri Bar
St Louis County Bar Association Up Coming Missouri Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers Super Lawyers | Matthew Alan Radefeld | 10 years Super Lawyers | Daniel A. Juengel | 5 years
Contact us for a consultation

Ready To Protect Your Rights

We invite you to make an appointment with us to discuss your legal needs. You can reach us online or by calling us at 314-282-8657.

We provide representation in Missouri, Illinois and federal courts across the nation. Lawyers from around the country refer clients to us, knowing we will deliver the superior level of representation to their clients they would expect from themselves.

Receive the trusted counsel you deserve. Contact us for a consultation.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

7710 Carondelet Avenue
Suite 350
St. Louis, MO 63105

Toll Free: 800-748-2105
Phone: 314-282-8657
St. Louis Law Office Map