A trial court and appeals court disagreed with her, but the California Supreme Court issued its decision yesterday saying, yes, a zip code is personally identifiable information. Thankfully, businesses can still ask for your zip code when theyre shipping you something by mail, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.
Is it bad to give out your zip code?
(Making you key it in serves as an added security measure to foil a thief who doesnt know the numbers.) But its usually unnecessary at brick-and-mortar stores, so just say no. And your ZIP code certainly shouldnt be posted on social media or other public websites.
What can a scammer do with your birthday?
Unfortunately, an ID fraudster can use your birthday as a piece of the puzzle to capture your identity and commit identity theft. Fraudsters need just three key bits of information to steal your identity and access your accounts, take out loans, credit cards, mobile phones in your name.
Can someone steal your identity with your name and date of birth?
But even simple details such as your full name, date of birth and address can be used to commit identity fraud. Once they gather enough of your details, a fraudster might apply for a passport, driving license or birth certificate.
Can a scammer use my name and address?
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.