This is an interesting article as the majority of the thefts were conducted using non-technical approaches. Folks should be careful in storing or discarding sensitive documents as criminals will use any means to steal from others
QUOTE: While they used professional Internet tools to facilitate some of these thefts, the bulk of their identity theft was low-tech: "Purse snatching, burglarizing apartments and mailboxes with stolen keys, breaking into gym lockers, soliciting information over the telephone by false pretenses, picking up documents while visiting." With what they obtained they ran down others' credit cards, established new ones in the victims' names and ran those down, created accounts with banks and spent from those. They transferred a lot of money around to cover tracks.
The moral, other than that some people have no morals, is that online identity theft isn't the only way you can get ripped off. It may not even be the most likely way. Keep an eye on other vehicles, like what's in your mailbox or purse.