Has it ever occurred to you that the things you throw in your bin might be valuable to someone else? Most people don’t think someone would dig through their trash for information, but Dumpster Diving is a technique which provides easy access to personal information from discarded documents such as receipts, bills, copies of passports and identity cards.
Who are dumpster divers?
It could be anyone, including someone within your workplace or an outsider who is spying on you, including friends or neighbours.
How does dumpster diving work?
People throw documents such as financial statements into the trash, and someone can just remove the unwanted documents from the trash. They can then use the information for their benefit, to make money or steal your identity.
- Don’t throw any documents with important information directly into the bin, especially when it contains personal, confidential or financial information.
- Use a cross-cut shredder instead of a strip-cut shredder to destroy unwanted documents that contain sensitive information. This prevents a thief from re-assembling the document back into its original state.
- Always be attentive to your surroundings.