Desperate times sometimes lead to desperate actions such as stealing someone’s identity. Several years ago my mail was part of an FBI mail fraud recovery. From bad things something good usually happens and the good thing was that I learned that this really happens and took precautions. I was fortunate that the FBI caught the theft before my identity was stolen. Identity theft can ruin your personal finances for years. I found this excellent article while surfing the net today. One of the steps to deter identity theft is to shred financial documents. By simply buying a shredder for the laundry room where my mail gets sorted in addition to my office has made the important step of shredding documents much easier.