Identity Theft X, Y, and Z

3 Helpful Identity Theft Tips

Identity theft is a concern for everyone, although some individuals aren't as familiar with the topic as they should be. If you feel you could stand to learn a bit more about identity theft, this article's for you. Below you’ll find some easy X, Y, Z tips for preventing identity theft.

X is for Xerox

Any time you use a public copier to photocopy important documents, make sure that you clean up the area when you’re finished and you don’t leave behind any important personal documents such as your social security card. Forgotten items can get in the hands of a criminal, and that person can use your personal information to commit identity theft.

Y is for Yes

Yes, identity theft can happen to you. Most consumers drastically underestimate their risk for identity theft. It is important to take identity theft seriously and look for ways to reduce your risk. Our prior articles elaborate on specific steps you can take to reduce your risk of identity theft.

Z is for Zebra

Hmm, you’re probably wondering what zebras have to do with identity theft. Just consider the stark contrast of a zebra’s stripes: black and white, complete opposites. That is the perfect description for the opposing ways in which you can become a victim of identity theft.

The widespread use of computers has made identity theft crimes increase in number, but there are still “old-fashioned” ways of becoming an identity theft victim. There will always be the possibility that an identity theft criminal will rummage through your trash and steal your identity. This scenario represents a stark contrast to identity theft that is committed using computers or other sophisticated technology.

Remember, identity theft can happen to anyone. If you want to make sure you're not next on the list of identity theft victims, take all measures necessary to reduce your risk.

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