Protecting Yourself from Identity TheftPart 8 by Michelle Black

Did you know that 1 in 10 US consumers has already been victimized by identity fraud?   In fact, studies have shown that those households with incomes higher than $70,000 were twice as likely to experience identity theft as those with salaries under $50,000 (U.S. DOJ, 2005). Those are some disturbing statistics. However, the good news is that there are many ways you can protect yourself from becoming another victim to this rapidly growing crime. Check out today’s tip for avoiding identity theft:

#8:  Don’t Carry Unnecessary Personal Documents in Your Wallet or Purse.

Empty your wallet of all extra credit cards and social security numbers. Do not carry any unnecessary forms of identification. It is also very important NOT to carry your birth certificate, social security card, marriage license, military ID, or passport, unless necessary.  Not having these items in your purse or wallet will make it harder for identity thieves to steal sensitive personal information from you.  You definitely do not want to make it any easier for thieves to target you!

There are still a few more great tips to come on how to protect yourself and your family from identity theft! Please check back in with us next week.  Remember, if you find today’s tip to be helpful, please be sure to share it with your online friends with our easy to use “share” buttons below.  The #1 way we can reduce identity theft is by increasing awareness.  Thanks for your help spreading the word!

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