What information does a scammer need?
Both your driver’s license and passport number can help identity thieves get more information about you.
After all, these contain your full name, date of birth, nationality, and address.
If a scammer steals your license or passport, it can be altered to include a picture of someone else..
What can a scammer do with just your phone number?
If someone steals your phone number, they become you — for all intents and purposes. With your phone number, a hacker can start hijacking your accounts one by one by having a password reset sent to your phone. They can trick automated systems — like your bank — into thinking they’re you when you call customer service.
What can a scammer do with my name and address?
With a name and address, a thief can change your address via U.S. Postal Service and redirect mail to their address of choice, Velasquez says. With access to your financial mail, the thief may intercept bank statements and credit card offers or bills, then order new checks and credit cards.
What can a hacker do with your email address?
If hackers gain access to your email, they could have an open doorway to any number of other devices and accounts. They can use your email to reset other account passwords, gain access to credit information, or even delete accounts, such as social media profiles.
What can a scammer do with my name and date of birth?
With your name, address and birth date in hand, scammers may be able to buy your Social Security number on websites that normally sell them to businesses conducting background checks.
What can a scammer do with your phone number and email?
This scam, also known as port-out or SIM splitting fraud, allows criminals to hijack your cellphone number. Once they have your number, the bad guys can clean out your financial accounts, confiscate your email, delete your data and take over your social media profiles.