Copy machine identity theft can occur and you won’t even realize you have become a victim of identity theft.
You probably don’t realize a copy machine can cause so much harm.
As of 2002, most copy machines made for libraries, copy centers and businesses are equipped with computer hard drives.
Unfortunately, the U.S. leases 90 percent of office copy machines.
When the lease time is up, the majority of the machines are exported, returned or resold without anyone doing anything to them such as erasing the hard drive of all personal information.
Up until this point, there is no actual evidence that proves identity theft has occurred or the thieves have used the information left in copy machines for criminal activity.
The fact is, the possibility of copy machine identity theft is huge.
Don’t use office copy machines for personal business. Keep yourself safe and don’t leave yourself open to becoming a victim of this crime.
This last May the Federal Trade Commission said it was communicating with resellers, office supply stores and retail copy centers, and copier manufacturers to make sure they were aware of privacy risks and the potential dangers to the people that had used these machines for personal use.
Many manufacturers have acted on this already. Since 2007, the copiers made have been installed with built-in technology and allows encrypting or erasing of the hard drive.
Unfortunately, a huge number of machines made from 2003 to 2007 are still in use all across the country.
One of these machines could very well be in your copy center, doctor’s office or library.
Inquiries raise awareness of the problems that can arise and will encourage the erasing of the machines drive.
This will definitely put a crimp in a thief with identity theft on his mind.
Copy machine identity theft can leave you vulnerable to identity theft, medical id theft and so many other types of identity theft. Take the proper steps and become knowledgeable to protect yourself from this devastating crime.