How do they get my information?
Identity thieves may pretend to be the government, your bank, your employer, someone that you owe money to, or even an old friend. They can try to trick you with phone calls, emails, or fake websites. These tricks are sometimes called "phishing".
Identity thieves can also steal information from your wallet, purse, home, or car. They may steal bills and bank statements out of your mailbox or even take papers you have thrown away in your garbage and recycling bins.