How do you know if your pawn shop doesn’t respect your privacy? Well, if the pawn shop dumps forms containing personal information – including social security numbers – unshredded – into a dumpster in the back of the store. A local Denver pawn shop did just that. The forms that were dumped included names, birth dates, social security numbers and drivers license numbers. This would be a treasure trove for identity thieves.
I can’t stress enough that, when it comes to documents with information that could be used to steal your identity, shred them! If you don’t have control over this issue, get an assurance from the person/company who does have control that the documents will be shredded. It is impossible to be too paranoid when it comes to getting rid of these documents!