How to Protect Your Identity By Katelyn Marie Carter

$16 billion was stolen from 15.4 million U.S. consumers in 2016

$15.3 billion was stolen from 13.1 million U.S. consumers in 2015

Below are two videos with tips on how to protect your identity.

Deter

Deter

Protect your social security number. Don't carry it around with you and keep it in a safe place.

Shred documents containing personal information before discarding them. People can dig through your trash and take personal information.

Never give out information over the phone or Internet unless you know who you are dealing with.

Always ask why they need this information.

Detect

Check your credit report for anything suspicious.

Review your financial accounts regularly. Look for any transactions and withdraws you don't recognize.

Check credit card and other bank statements for charges you did not make.

Defend

If your identity gets stolen, take the following steps:

Call credit report companies and place a fraud alert.

Call the security or fraud department of companies holding your accounts to have them close accounts that have had suspicious activity.

File a police report

Contact the FTC and give them your information to help the police find and hopefully stop the thief.

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