How do scams lead to identity theft?
Solicitors constantly call and send emails. You may think nothing of it, but some of those calls are actually made by scammers. Information about consumers can be purchased by scammers and used to contact their victims. When a scammer calls or emails you, they already have your private information, and they will use it to convince you that they are representing a bank, the IRS, the Social Security Administration, or some other reputable agency.
No matter what the technique, scammer's goal is to take your money. Though they sometimes fail, they still have your private information, making you vulnerable to identity theft. They have the power to assume someone else’s identity to get a loan, credit card, passport, and more. Use the free dark web scanners by Experian and find out if your identity has been breached.