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Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the world. Advances in technology and the ability to send and receiving information over a wide range of Wi-Fi networks allows anyone with access to a computer to become potential prey for identity thieves.
Before you find yourself a victim of identity theft, there are a few things you can do to protect your personal information and your identity.
Shred Any Documents and Mail
Many people believe that ripping up documents and mail is enough to prevent identity thieves from stealing their identity. The problem is these thieves can easily piece together information and use it to open up credit cards and take out loans.
To prevent identity theft, shred all documents and mail with a crisscross shredder. This will cut everything up into tiny pieces so the thieves cannot gain access to any information.
Don’t Put Your Social Security Number on Papers
People don’t think twice about placing their social security number on documents such as those in the doctor’s or dentist’s office. However, placing that number on the paper can make you a victim of identity theft. When filling out papers for doctors or dentists ask why they need your SSN and if the reason isn’t good enough or they can’t process your insurance without then you can give it to them. Don’t just write it on random papers.
Shedding your documents and being very careful with your social security number can help you protect your personal information and your identity from identity thieves.