- 73 percent - burglary and theft of wallet/purse/personal identification/computer
- 15 percent - online or data breach
- 10 percent - forgery
- 2 percent - change of address/postal fraud
Consumers can take preventative measures to protect themselves from identity fraud. Travelers offers the following tips to avoid having identities stolen:
- Carry only the essentials: Leave the unnecessary credit cards and critical documents in a discrete, burglar-proof location in your home.
- Beware of scams: Do not fall for scams intended to pull at your heart strings. Do not disclose personal information, such as credit card and bank account details, if you receive an unsolicited request.
- Do not throw away -- destroy: Shred old bills and financial statements rather than placing them in the trash.
- Make security a priority: Make sure to store purses and wallets in a safe place, never print account information on envelopes of outgoing mail, and be careful about sharing personal information on social media.
- Know your score: Check your free credit report annually from the national credit reporting agencies by visiting www.annualcreditreport.com.