On Your Side: Dealing with junkyard identity theft

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News 12 at 11 o'clock / Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) - It's a yard, full of worthless things.

But dig a little deeper, and you hit an identity thief's ultimate jackpot.

"I find birth certificates, social security cards," said Aristo Burnette.

As shocking as it may be, it's an everyday occurrence for him.

Car after car, he finds intimate details of people's lives.

"As far as important documents and stuff like that, we throw it in the trash," he said.

But what if he isn't around to dispose of your valuable info?

Pull-A-Part Junkyard is a self-service yard. Scavengers look for car parts and could get a little extra.

"It doesn't take but a hot second for somebody who wants your identity to be able to look in either one of these cars and find your birth certificate and social security card, they have everything they need," he told News 12's Patrick Price.

Everything you've worked hard for, that could end up in the hands of someone else.

"On top of that, I find banking account information," he said.

Pin numbers, brand new checks, even unactivated debit cards.

"Finding something like that is normally on a daily basis for me," said Burnette.

And he's warning, if you give your car to the yard, you could end up giving more than what you bargained for.