Dumpster diving has become a very favorite pastime for identity thieves.
The thief goes through garbage from a business, your home and garbage dumps looking for personal information.
Their goal is to invade your privacy and steal info from you they can later use for identity theft purposes.
Due to lax security, people rummaging through someone's garbage has become very common in the 1980's.
In the 1990's businesses became aware of this problem and the fact that increased security concerning sensitive documents needed to be put in place.
I have relatives that work in the health/pharmaceutical industry, and sensitive information is never put in a shredder and discarded into a dumpster.
The information is given to an outside company and the company shred's the sensitive information in their truck right on the business property.
If your company does not send out their sensitive information to an outside company, make sure the information is disposed of using a crosscut shredder.
Diving is most commonly done for economic reasons, or because an identity thief is after your personal information.
One of my friends owns a construction company and has had his houses and businesses under construction "stripped" of their valuable metals such as copper, wiring, pipes, and brass fixtures, plus anything discarded in the dumpsters.
When scrap prices or unemployment rates soar, this kind of salvaging happens even more often and has been widely reported in the United States and other countries.
This investigation was reported by many TV and top news channels.
Many people throw away old files and many other items with private information, and don't stop to think of the problems this one small action can bring to you.
How do you get rid of your items that have personal information on them?
Ripping them up is not enough. The safest thing to do is shred with a crosscut shredder.
Diving has become extremely popular because the dumpster is a "gold mine" of information.
Years ago you didn't give a "second thought" to what you threw in the trash.
You don't want an identity thief to have access to your personal information.
Please remember to shred your information with a crosscut shredder before you throw it out.
In my area, if your garbage is in your home, of course it is safe; but once you put it out on the curb for pickup, it is fair game for anyone.
If you have any questions about the laws in your town, please contact your local police department and ask them about your dumpster diving laws.
As you can see, your garbage and people diving in you're dumpster, can cost you more than you ever thought possible.
Protect yourself and don't become a victim of this horrible identity theft crime.
People used to dumpster dive for only remnants of food, but today dumpster diving has taken it to a whole new level. Don't become this criminal's next victim.