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My Money Monday, May 7 - What is identity theft?

What are the best ways to keep your identity safe?

Posted: Jun. 20, 2018 2:03 PM

Link: https://www.firstalliancecu.com/blog/six-tips-to-protecting-your-identity

Q: Identity theft seems to be an increasing problem these days. What are the most common ways that identity thieves get a hold of your information?
A: Identity theft can occur as a result of stolen mail, scams via email or phone calls, computer viruses, card skimmers, data breaches. Even just over sharing on social media can lead to your identity being stolen.
Q: What kind of information are the identity thieves trying to steal?
A: They are looking to get ahold of any information they can use to pose as you, such as financial, medical and public data. Information like a person’s social security number, driver’s license number, home address, date of birth and name. Unfortunately almost anything can be stolen and used to steal your identity.
Q: So what are the best ways to keep your identity safe then?
A: The best advice we give our members is be cautious. Don’t over share on your personal information. Ask questions if something seems off. Keep your phone and computers password protected and locked when you’re not using them.

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