While you withdraw the cash from the ATM, you may that notice people stand behind and secretely note down our PIN. What do we call those persons?
"Interlopers" and "eavesdroppers" come to mind. An interloper is a third party who meddles in the affairs of others. An eavesdropper is someone who listens in on the conversations of others. An adjective for the person would be "nosy." I agree with Lewis that "ID thieves" or "ID thief" (if there is just one) is appropriate. I think there is a slang term called a "shoulder surfer," meaning a person who look over other people's shoulders to see what they are doing. Actually, it is in Wikipedia:
In computer lingo, there is "phishing." It is slang for the practice of trying to trick others into giving you their information. For instance, if I check my email, I might find an email claiming to be from my bank. The email may say that there is trouble with my account, and that all I need to do is to click on the link that they give and put in my account number, PIN number, password, or whatever else, and they will fix the account. However, they would not be from my bank. They would be scammers/thieves trying to trick me into giving my information to them so they can use it to steal from me. Even the IRS director received an email claming to be from the IRS, saying that he owed them money, and offering a link where he could pay. The thing is, the IRS does not send out such messages nor accept online payments, so he knew it was fake.
So there are quite a few words and terms for being nosy, and for illegal practices.
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