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1. Mail theft
"One way thieves get personal information is to steal it right out of your mail box," says Ann Cosimano, general counsel of ARAG. "Credit card invoices, bank statements and investment reports all contain account numbers that can be easily taken from a mailbox." Be sure to stop your mail, have someone else pick it up for you or start receiving all bills electronically, she suggests.
2. Dumpster diving
"Dumpster diving is when someone steals personal information from a dumpster or trash bin," says Cosimano. "When we travel it's easy to pitch credit card receipts into a waste basket, but it's essential to shred personal information when you throw it away. Make sure you tear up receipts or save them until you get home and can shred them."