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Preventing and Detecting Identity Theft

Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in America, occurs when someone uses another person’s personal identifying information to commit fraud. This can include someone borrowing money in someone else’s name, leaving victims of identity theft with debt and credit problems.

Here are some tips to help keep your information safe.

  • Shred financial documents and paperwork with personal information before you discard them.
  • Protect your Social Security number. Don’t carry your Social Security card in your wallet, write the number on a check or give it out over the telephone. Give it out only if absolutely necessary.
  • Don’t give out your personal information on the phone, through mail or over the internet unless you know who you are dealing with.
  • Keep your personal information in a secure place at home, especially if you have roommates, employ outside help or are having work done in your home.

For more tips and information please visit the FTC's Identity Theft Site.