Copiers pose danger of identity theft

The Identity Theft Threat From Copiers
By JENNIFER SARANOW SCHULTZ

The threat of copier-related identity theft suggests that consumers should ask certain questions before copying sensitive information on public copiers.

While it’s common knowledge that leaving sensitive personal information in trash bins or on computers raises the risk of identity theft, many consumers may not be aware that copying sensitive information on certain copy machines could also put them at risk.

Last month, CBS News highlighted the identity theft threat from copiers in an investigative report “Copy Machines, a Security Risk?”

In the CBS report, which we learned about from the Beyond Paycheck to Paycheck blog, the correspondent, Armen Keteyian, noted that many copiers contained hard drives filled with images of every document they’d ever copied. Often, owners don’t wipe these hard drives clean before selling the machines.

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