Evidently, there are so many identity thieves that the intense competition has driven the prices for stealing your identity way down. Credit card numbers were selling for as little as 40 cents each (dropping 50%), and access to your bank account was going to ten dollars in the second half of 2007, according to the latest twice-yearly “Internet Security Threat Report” from Symantec Corporation.
Full identities – including a functioning credit card number, Social Security Number or equivalent, and a person’s name, address and date of birth – are going for as little as two dollars apiece! Your life can be wrecked for about ten dollars.
Stolen identities of European Union citizens, however, sell for considerably more than American identities – they go for about thirty dollars, because those identities can be used in multiple countries.