Identity Theft Prevention

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Identity Theft Prevention

The chances are that you or someone you know has been the victim of identity theft. In fact, the Federal Trade Commission estimates that identity theft affects 9 million Americans each year. So prepare yourself, and use the sites in this guide to prevent identity theft.

Identity Theft Prevention Resources

Insight for Identity Theft Prevention

  • Criminals are increasingly using the practice of online "phishing" to steal identities. Phishing is the attempt to obtain personal and financial information by pretending to be a legitimate company or organization. Phishing can be accomplished through Web sites or e-mail, so be cautious no matter what you're doing online. In general, you can thwart phishing attempts simply by being wary of any unsolicited requests for any of your personal information, especially account numbers and passwords. Read more about phishing on the sites featured in this section.
  • Someone who steals your personal information can open and use other lines of credit in your name. See the sites below for information on how you can check your credit report quickly and easily.

Top Sites for Identity Theft Prevention

For general information on ID theft ...
For true stories of ID theft ...
For information on phishing ...
For online access to your annual credit report ...
If you believe your identity might have been stolen ...
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