10 tips for avoiding identity theft

Some things are well worth repeating, especially when it comes to protecting your good name, your wallet, your well-being, and your peace of mind. That’s why we are re-visiting an important topic: Avoiding identity theft.

The Federal Trade Commission estimates that nearly 9,000,000 Americans have their identity stolen each year. Someone has used their personally identifying information, like name, Social Security number, or credit card number, without  their permission, to commit fraud or other crimes.

Identity theft is serious, and the consequences can be monumental. Many people don’t realize they have been victimized until they review their credit report, find charges on a credit card statement that don’t make sense, or start getting calls from debt collectors.

By then, it’s too late. The damage is done and there may be more bad news on the way as other unscrupulous activities in their name are revealed.

Yet there are any number of steps you can take to minimize the risk of identity theft. Some are as easy as creating foolproof passwords and cleaning out your wallet! Others require a minimum investment in a shredder or lockable file cabinet. But, they are all do-able.

Check out the 10 easy tips on this Identity Theft Prevention Checklist from Real Simple.com.

You’ll also find helpful information about protecting your personal and business identity in our Learning Center.

 

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