The holiday season is a time of merriment for one and all. That includes scammers, fraudsters, and thieves too. It’s the best time of the year for them to do their worst.
More people will be shopping, partying, traveling, and generally letting their guard down. This gives these criminals an avenue to unleash the Grinch in them.
As the years roll by, holiday-related crimes have evolved. Petty thieves who were once satisfied with pickpocketing or stealing a carelessly placed shopping bag have grown into more complex identity thieves. The few dollars in your wallet have little or no value to these criminals. However, your driver’s license, SSN, debit cards, and credit cards have far more value than you can imagine. The underground economy is a thriving playground for identity thieves.