Over eight million Americans were victims of identity theft in 2010. The Federal Trade Commission has some facts and tips for consumers on how to “deter, detect, and defend” against becoming a victim. Here are our key favorites:
- Don’t carry your Social Security card – Leave your social security card some place safe and not in your wallet. If your wallet is stolen, a thief can use that information for a variety of things like opening a credit card to buying a car.
- Don’t use an obvious password – The more original your passwords, the better off you are. Obvious passwords include your birthday, mother’s maiden name, and the last four digits of your Social Security number.
- Shred financial documents– You should make it a habit to shred all paperwork with financial and personal information before you throw them away.
- Don’t give out your personal information – Be wary when giving out your personal information but especially over the phone and wireless internet connections.
For more on identity theft and how you can avoid becoming a victim, click here for entire list of facts from the FTC.
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