How to Protect Yourself From Identity Theft

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  • Read bank statements
  • Keep your online info private.
  • Monitor your credit
  • Use your credit card when shopping online
  • Stop unsolicited credit card offers
  • Shred personal info
  • Don’t click on fishy looking emails
  • Lock up at home
  • Keep Your Social Security Number to Yourself

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Whether someone jacked their credit card number or opened an account in their name, the U.S. Department of Justice reports that more than 16 million Americans experienced identity theft in 2012 (the most recent year for which data is available). Follow these tips to protect yourself and avoid joining their ranks. By Kenrya Rankin Naasel (Photo: Fuse/Getty Images)

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