How To Avoid Becoming A Victim Of Identity Theft

Lock up your personal items. At work or the gym, always secure your wallet or purse in a locked drawer or locker. Left unattended for even a minute, these items could give a thief all that's needed to make you the next victim.

Routinely check your credit bureau report. If an identity thief uses your credit card number, the transaction should show up on your credit report. So, at least once a year, request a report from each of the three credit reporting agencies: Equifax (800-525-6285 or www.equifax.com); Experian (888-397-3742) or www.experian.com) and TransUnion (800-680-7289) or www.transunion.com). Reviewing these reports regularly could help you catch a thief before the damage is too great.

Make sure any Internet purchases or financial downloads happen via a secure server. And always take the time to review vendor privacy policies to check whether personal information could be sold or distributed to other parties.

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This article was written by a professional financial journalist for Meg Green & Associates. and is not intended as legal or investment advice.

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