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Is it safe to recycle unshredded paper credit card receipts? Can identity theft be helped by data disclosed on most vendor's receipts?

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Most credit card receipts will contain your name and the last 4 digits of your card number.

I can think of several companies that either currently verify by last 4 digits or have in the past verified by last 4 digits. These are companies such as Apple, Godaddy, Paypal, etc...

So while the chances are low, it's still possible that someone could perform some degree of identity theft with this information.

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There's this famous case, where the last four was part of the attack used to erase somebody's digital possessions. –  Clockwork-Muse Mar 16 at 3:23
    
When I worked at an Apple call centre, there was a similar case that was quoted when we were being trained for handling Apple IDs. That's primarily why I happen to take these precautions myself. –  Thebluefish Mar 16 at 3:26

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