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4 Reasons Why A Scammer wants Your Address?

Last Updated on February 13, 2023 by Jerome Donovan

It should be suspicious when you meet someone online, and after days of building a connection with you, they ask for your address. Many things might go wrong when you send your address and postal code to someone who is a scammer. We will look at why a scammer wants your address and possible things that can go wrong with a scammer having your address.

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Scammers are people who manipulate and deceive others for personal gain. They can come in many forms and use different tactics to trick people into giving them sensitive information, such as their addresses. This article will discuss why scammers want your address and what happens when you provide them with this information. We’ll also explore why romance scammers might wish to access your address and what steps you can take if you’ve already given a scammer your address.

A scammer wants your address to open a credit card in your name, apply for loans, or receive deliveries of stolen goods.

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With your address and postal code, there are a lot of opportunities for scammers to exploit you, especially your bank account. And this is also possible when you cooperate with the scammer and aid them.

In this guide, I will explain why a scammer wants your address. It could be an identity theft scammer or maybe a romance scammer. They all have different objectives, but none ends well for you.

To let you know, your address is part of the information a scammer needs to complete his aim. You can see other information a scammer needs from you.

Why does a Scammer Want Your Address?

Usually, a scammer wants your address as a means to an end since scammers don’t want to use their location due to the fear of getting caught or not being in the United States.

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why a scammer wants your address

They will need a landing address to propagate their scam to complete the puzzle. Scammers often use addresses to further their scams or to engage in identity theft. They often use addresses to verify your identity and make their scams appear more legitimate.

Address Drop

When scammer makes fraudulent purchases online, they look for an accessible address with a proper shipping location to drop them off. In many cases, they target speech in the western world, like the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada.

So, your address becomes a drop for the scammer because you will help him receive and redirect many stolen goods and things.

You won’t be aware of this because he makes it look like you are helping, and it is a favour.

In most cases, the scammer will sell you many excuses as his address not being reachable or not safe enough due to not being in the country.

Verification Scam

A scammer wants your address also because of the verification scam. When a scammer knows your address and other information about you, they proceed with the verification scam.

Some financial platform requires that you have an address in the United States. So henceforth, the scammer will use your address as a means for verification.

Let’s say a scammer gains access to a victim’s online banking; the first thing done is to change the victim’s address to yours. As a result, all information and approval for credit cards will be directed to your address. And with your help, you will be aiding the scammer to continue ripping victims of their hard-earned money.

Change of Address Scam

Why a scammer wants your address
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Another reason a scammer wants your address is to accomplish the change of address scam.

The United States Postal Service uses a secured online change of address form that needs some verification and bank withdrawal documentation. Unfortunately, address change requests made via mail are not guaranteed.

An identity theft scammer who wants your address takes advantage of this to illegally change your address by:

  • The scammer gets your complete information by buying it off the dark web. Unfortunately, due to constant data leaks, we have our information on the dark web.
  • The scammer will then submit the USPS change-of-address form via mail to the postal service.
  • The scammers will then divert your mail to the new mailing address they have access.
  • They constantly receive further information about you and rob you of your finances.

Future Scams

Most scammers are very patient and work with a long-term plan. Since the scammer has your address already, you will become a victim of future scam attempts.

Sometimes, a scammer will tell you to provide your house address so that money can be sent to you. This is one of the scams where a scammer sends money to you first.

Since most of these scammers are masters of digital manipulation, you might fall victim to one of their schemes.

What happens when you give a scammer your address?

If you give a scammer your address, there’s a good chance they’ll use it to further their scams or engage in identity theft. If your address is used to open a credit card, apply for a loan, or receive stolen goods, they can also create a fake identity or impersonate you online or in person.

Additionally, scammers might use your address to target you for future scams since they will have a record of your contact details.

Why would a romance scammer want your address?

Romance scammers are different from identity-theft scammers or financial fraud scammers.

A romance scammer often uses your address to build trust with you. By having your address, they can appear more credible and legitimate, making it easier for them to manipulate you.

Additionally, you could receive gifts or letters from them, further strengthening your intimacy and trust. As they will have a record of your contact information, romance scammers may also use your address to target you for future scams.

What to do if you gave a scammer your address

If you’ve already given your address to a scammer, you must take steps immediately to protect yourself. Here are some suggestions:

Check your credit reports regularly:

Check your credit reports often to see if anyone has opened accounts in your name without your permission. Each of the three major credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion) will give you a free credit report once a year.

Change your passwords.

If you use the same password for multiple online accounts, you should change the passwords for all of them.

Tell the police:

Report the scam to the authorities, such as the Internet Crime Complaint Center and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) (IC3).

Talk with your bank:

If you gave the scammer information about your bank account, you should call your bank immediately to report the problem.

Be Watchful and Observant:

Keep an eye out for anything that seems strange, like unauthorized charges on your credit card or bank account.

Conclusion

As a result, scammers are often interested in your address for identity theft or to further their scams. Suppose you’ve given a scammer your address. In that case, you need to take immediate steps to protect yourself, such as monitoring your credit reports, changing your passwords, reporting the scam, and contacting your bank. Don’t give out your personal information to anyone, even if they appear trustworthy. Be vigilant and cautious whenever you give out your personal information.

 

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