You’ve probably heard the phrase “a fox watching the henhouse.” Today, that applies to people on the inside of organizations who work in trusted positions, and who use those positions to steal client or employee information for their own personal gain.
As much as 70% of all identity theft is committed by individuals with inside access to organizations such as corporations, banks, or government agencies, or by someone who has an existing relationship with the victim. People with access to sensitive personal data are most likely to commit identity theft. For many, it’s just too easy not to.
In a doctor’s office in Stamford, Connecticut, police arrested a 42-year-old New York woman for using patients’ credit card numbers, which she accessed while working as a temporary hire. When patients paid by credit card, the temp would copy down the numbers and later make fraudulent charges.
An identity thief begins by…