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KEEPING YOUR MONEY SAFE
In a nutshell, identity theft happens any time someone uses key markers of another person’s identity with the intent to commit fraud. Examples include using someone’s name, date of birth, Social Security Number, mother’s maiden name and so on to impersonate another individual and/or access bank accounts, obtain loans, make purchases, rent an apartment and so on.
Identify theft is the fastest-growing crime in the United States and can happen to anyone, regardless of whether or not you use the Internet. In fact, experts say that your mailbox and garbage are the easiest ways for criminals to access personal information.
Even though identity theft is a felony, police cannot undo damage that’s been done to your credit report. That’s why it’s important to be vigilant. The following tips can help you avoid becoming the victim of identity theft: