Question: What can a scammer do with my name address and phone number?

With a name and address, a thief can change your address via U.S. Postal Service and redirect mail to their address of choice, Velasquez says. With access to your financial mail, the thief may intercept bank statements and credit card offers or bills, then order new checks and credit cards.

What to do if I gave my information to a scammer?

Call the banks hot line, usually printed on the back of your bank card, and report the incident. If you have transferred money to a phisher, report the incident to your local police. Inspect your statements carefully for signs of account misuse. Determine if you want to put a lock on your credit records.

What can someone do with your full name and phone number?

If someone steals your phone number, they become you โ€” for all intents and purposes. With your phone number, a hacker can start hijacking your accounts one by one by having a password reset sent to your phone. They can trick automated systems โ€” like your bank โ€” into thinking theyre you when you call customer service.

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