Subscribe to Entrepreneur for $5
Subscribe

Checking IDs

What's in Mom's maiden name? Big bucks for crooks

By
This story appears in the March 2000 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

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."

Continue reading this article -- and everything on Entrepreneur!

Become a member to get unlimited access and support the voices you want to hear more from. Get full access to Entrepreneur for just $5!

Get 3 months free with code ZENDESK

Presented by zendesk

Get 3 months free with code
				ZENDESK