While APS has strong protections in place to protect personal information, there are many other ways for thieves to steal your identity. Did you know you can be a victim of identity theft even if you never use a computer? Malicious people may be able to obtain personal information (such as credit card numbers, phone numbers, account numbers, and addresses) by stealing your wallet, overhearing a phone conversation, rummaging through your trash (a practice known as dumpster diving), or picking up a receipt at a restaurant that has your account number on it. If a thief has enough information, he or she may be able to impersonate you to purchase items, open new accounts, or apply for loans.
In this article, US-CERT provides some tips on how to protect your identity. Read the article https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/tips/ST05-019
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