What's in Mom's maiden name? Big bucks for crooks
The new breed of thieves don't rob banks or crack safes--instead, they steal personal information from companies and individuals and use it for financial crime, from credit-card fraud to insurance schemes. "These days, it's easier for a criminal to obtain personal identifiers than steal your wallet," says the General Accounting Office's Richard Stana.
"The personal information you might collect as a way of doing business can be stolen and used," cautions Stana. "Business owners who maintain files should protect them as they would any valuable asset."
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