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Protect Yourself From Crimes
Prevention: 10 Easy Steps
Use the following prevention tips to reduce the risk of having your identity stolen:
Shred financial documents and paperwork with personal information before you discard them.
Protect your Social Security number. Give it out only if absolutely necessary or ask to use another identifier.
Don't give out personal information on the phone, through the mail, or over the Internet unless you know who you are dealing with.
Use firewalls, anti-spyware, and anti-virus software to protect your home computer; keep them up-to-date. Visit
for more information.
Don't use an obvious password.
Keep your personal information in a secure place at home. Do not keep this information in your vehicle.
Pay attention to your billing cycles.
Review your credit reports with the three major bureaus annually. You may request a free credit report online here.
Minimize the amount of personal information that is in your wallet.
Be alert and educated.
Common Identity Theft Methods
What to Do if Your Identity is Stolen
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