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Personally Identifiable Information

Personally Identifiable Information (PII) is any information that can be used to uniquely identify a person or information used in conjunction with other sources to uniquely identify a person. Examples of Personally Identifiable Information include:
  • Full Name (if uncommon)
  • Birthdate
  • Birthplace
  • Address
  • Phone Number
  • Social Security Number
  • Drivers license number
  • Gender
How do thieves obtain PII?
  • Phishing
  • Dumpster Diving
    The act of rumaging through dumpsters to obtain checks, bank statements, or other documents that contain PII.
  • Stealing
    Such as taking a wallet, stealing mail, or going through a computer that hasn't been password protected.
  • Shoulder Surfing
    This is when someone looks over your shoulder and takes note of PII or usernames/passwords.
  • Hacking
    The elite computer users who break into computer systems and steal information.
  • Social Engineering
What do thieves do with PII?
  • Credit Card or other financial fraud
  • Government documents fraud (such as getting a drivers license)
  • Get a job using your Social Security Number
  • Use your information during an arrest in an effort to lead police to you instead of themselves