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Identity Theft

Identity Theft

You know who you are . . . who else does?

Identity theft occurs when someone uses your personally identifiable information (PII) without your permission to commit fraud or other crimes; such information includes your name, Social Security Number, credit card number, or financial information. Identity thieves may use your information to obtain a new credit card or driver’s license, open a bank account or a new phone account, or they may sell your information to other Internet criminals. Some identity theft victims can resolve their problems quickly, but others must spend large sums of money and many hours repairing the damage to their good name and credit record.  Internet criminals and identity thieves use clever and deceitful schemes to steal information. Awareness is the most effective weapon against identity theft -- you are the best person to protect your information.

Identity thieves use a variety of methods to steal your identity:

Protect your identity using the following tips:

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