Public records such as marriage certificates, voter registrations and property owner information are all accessible and have important confidential information that could be used for fraud.
We often think that these records are secure at places such as our courthouses.
The freedom of information act makes many records such as these public information. Therefore, if someone takes that information from these sources it is not theft or fraud. Some of these records can even include social security numbers, addresses, other used names or copies of personal signatures.
Today you even see advertised on television or on the internet companies that will locate someone for you or for a small fee find out anything about anyone. There are actually subscription services that can be purchased specifically to do such a search.