Here are a few new ways they are doing it, and how keep your information out of the slimy grasp of identity thieves.
Text Message Phishing
Use extreme caution when responding to unsolicited messages asking for your personal information. If the text message claims it was sent from your bank, call your bank directly to confirm.
Stealing Newborn Identities
Protect your children's identity by safeguarding their personal information. Don't give their full date of birth to anyone who doesn't absolutely need it, and check their credit report on a regular basis. Signing the whole family up for Lifelock will give peace of mind and prevent any funny business with your credit scores.
Keeping a watchful eye on your personal information, and remember that criminals will take any tidbit of information and run with it. Shredding your mail is a start, but it isn't enough anymore. Knowing the methods people are using will help you be more effective in protecting yourself and your family.