How Your Identity Gets Stolen By Emily Mickelson

Ways Your Identity is Stolen

Identity theft is a crime where a thief steals your personal information to commit fraud.

Every year, 15 million Americans have their identity stolen. The total amount lost is around $50 billion.

5 Ways to Help Protect Yourself From Identity Theft

How to Detect if your Identity is Stolen

In 2014, the average victim of identity theft lost $7,761

How to Prevent Identity Theft

Lock up your car, so people can't break in and get your car insurance or other personal information.

Watch your credit and debt accounts

Lock up important personal information and files

Get your mail as soon as it arrives

Shred all mail before throwing away

Don't carry your social security number

Clues that someone has stolen your identity

You see withdrawals from your bank account that you can’t explain.

You don’t get your bills or other mail.

Merchants refuse your checks.

You find unfamiliar accounts or charges on your credit report.

Medical providers bill you for services you didn’t use.

Steps to take if you become a victim to identity theft

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