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FORMER IDENTITY THIEF: We Sent Meth Addicts To Steal Mail From Senior Citizens

•, Jill Krasny
  It can drain your wallet, tank your credit and in some cases, leave you stranded if you lost your ID.

In an excerpt from Doug Shadel's new book %20" target="_blank">Outsmarting the Scam Artists, a former identity thief named Sara describes in an interview how drug addicts pilfer personal data via the mailbox:
A mail-boxer is a drug addict we send out to steal mail from private mailboxes in residential communities.
"I really don’t even want to say this because it’s so bad, but . . . we targeted senior citizens. The best place to send a mail-boxer to is that place with the big sign on it that says ‘retirement community—55 and older.’ That’s going to be your best hit by far.
"You already know first of all that everybody in there owns their own home because there are no rentals in there. Secondly, they are over 55 so they probably have a pretty good history with their credit.

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