Identity Theft: It Could Happen To You
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
In a single year, nearly three million Americans will have their identities stolen.
If you think you would never be a target for identity theft, you are mistaken. Victims span every age, race, location, and income level. Fraud can happen from stolen personal information, the misuse of a credit card or a bank account.
The average person will lose $5,000 and countless hours trying to recover.
How can I prevent identity theft?
· Change passwords frequently. Avoid using passwords that are very similar, like “password1” and “password2.”
· Utilize a credit monitoring service. Many credit cards offer these services for free.
· Review your credit card statements. It’s easy to simply pay a bill, especially if it comes electronically, but keeping a close eye on your purchases will help you identify anything out of the ordinary.
· Shred mail and sensitive documents. Bank and credit card statements, voided checks, and anything with personal information should not just be thrown away.
If you suspect you’ve been a victim of identity theft, immediately report it to your bank, credit card companies, and the credit reporting agencies. They will help you to freeze your accounts and limit the damage.
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