Identity Theft and Your Trash

Beware if anyone is going thru your trash. I know a lady who isn't at home much during the daytime. One day the UPS man showed up at her house with a whole truckload of packages for her. When she insisted that she'd not ordered anything, he said, "well, they're all addressed to you". When she opened a few of them to see what they were, the products had been ordered from a specific company. When she and her daughter called the company to see why they'd sent all those packages for? They replied that a person had called in a huge order and said it was to go to her address.


After some days of checking on this matter, both, from the company and by this lady and her daughter. The lady had recently tossed in her trash one of this company's catalogs. The company said the person who called in the order was a young man. After getting all this info, the lady and her daughter called the cops.

Upon hearing the situation and investigating it, what it came down to was...One of the lady's neighbors had gone thru her trash and with a stolen credit had made those purchases to go to the lady's house. They were just banking on her NOT being at home to accept the boxes of merchandise! They figured the UPS delivery man would leave the boxes on her front or back porch and they'd retrieve them before she got back home! Which this wasn't the case, she just happened to be home, that day. So beware of your trash and who has access to them!

By Terri

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April 28, 20051 found this helpful

What an amazing story you had to tell! I've forwarded your article to several of my friends....I've always made sure that nothing complete with my name/address is thrown away...For those who don't have a shredder, now is the time to buy one! Many credit card companies now send you a letter with blank checks with your personal information on it hoping you'll accept their credit card offer/transfer account, and usually is thrown away by the person who receives these letter as junk mail, even without opening the letter. I always take the time to open all letters to me, whether it is junk mail or not...better to be safe than sorry. Thanks for submitting your article!!

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April 29, 20050 found this helpful

This is similar to the above story. The maid/housekeeper had ordered jewelry from a TV shopping channel and figured she'd pick the stuff up before the housewife returned from work.


She got away with it for a few months before someone figured it out.

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