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Identity theft prevention is important, and the crime is becoming increasingly more common as our world becomes more and more networked.

Here are some tips to protect yourself from being a victim.

  • Never give your social security number or confidential information to anyone who calls you.
  • Don’t carry your social security number with you – it’s best to memorize your number.
  • Shred or tear up receipts, old bank statements, and unused credit card offers.
  • Do not mail bill payments from your mailbox. Thieves may use the check data or alter the check, or steal your credit card information.
  • Review your credit rating annually by ordering a free credit report once a year. Only use www.annualcreditreport.com as this is the only service authorized by the three nationwide credit reporting agencies for the purpose of monitoring your credit file.
  • Do not carry any login or PIN information with you – it is best to memorize it.
  • Report suspected fraud immediately.

Surely there are many more ways to protect yourself, but these suggestions are some key ways to avoid being a victim.