While identity theft is a valid concern, a recent study by the Federal Trade Commission shows that less than 4% of identity theft is a result of the mail that shows up in your mailbox. Even so, you should always be sure to shred and recycle any documents that contain financial data and other personal information if you don't need to keep them for your records. The following is a list of information and resources compiled by DMAchoice to help protect you from identity theft.
How to Protect Your Identity from Being Stolen
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This guide provides tips for minimizing your risk of becoming a victim of identity theft.
What to Do if Your Identity Is Stolen
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If you're unfortunate enough to fall victim to identity theft, this guide provides helpful resources and outlines the steps you can take to correct and protect your personal information.
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This campaign against identity theft, created in cooperation with the Federal Trade Commission, focuses on the three best ways to protect yourself:
- Deter identity thieves by safeguarding your personal information
- Detect suspicious activity by monitoring your accounts and statements
- Defend yourself as soon as you suspect a problem
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