Vicky Michael said she stepped away from her car for just a minute to drop off her daughter.
Seconds later her purse was gone. Michael reported the theft to police, canceled her bank and credit cards and applied for a new license.
Still the thieves used her driver’s license and bank card information to cash multiple checks made out in her name and wiped out her bank account. It is a form of identity theft she'd never considered.
From big data breaches to thieves who've made millions stealing tax refunds, identity theft comes in multiple forms. The fall out for the victim can last for years.
But the take away is always the same. Be vigilant with every piece of plastic and paper that contains anything more personal than your name.
In 2012 more than 16 million adults became victims of identity theft, according to the U.S. Justice Department. The majority of them, 68 percent, reported out of pocket financial losses, including legal fees, bounced checks and other costs.
We are taking action for you to help you fight identity theft this Saturday with our Operation Shredding event. You can bring up to five boxes of paper documents for shredding. The event is being held at Westfield Citrus Park Mall from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.