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January 22, 2019

4 Tips to Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

Identity theft—when someone assumes your identity in order to steal money or commit fraud—is a big problem, and it’s getting bigger.

According to the 2018 Identity Fraud by Javelin Strategy & Research, 16.7 million people in the United States were victims of identity theft in 2017—a record high.

Connecticut residents experienced above-average incidents of identity theft. According to the Federal Trade Commission, Connecticut ranked 13th in the number of identity theft complaints per capita.

According to the FTC, the most common types of identity fraud are:

With all these types of identity fraud, the person whose identity has been stolen may not be aware of the theft for weeks, months, sometimes even years. In the meantime, an identity thief could be racking up charges in the victim’s name, ruining their credit, or even doing criminal acts in their name. All of this can be expensive and stressful to sort out, so it’s crucial to take all possible steps to avoid having your identity stolen in the first place.

Follow these important tips to keep your identity safe.

    1. Have Any Documents Containing Personal Information Professionally Shredded
      Finding personal information in documents that have been improperly thrown away or recycled is one of the most popular ways for criminals to get the information they need to steal your identity. Fortunately, it’s also one of the easiest to prevent. Make sure all documents that contain ANY personal information—bank and financial records, insurance documents, medical documents, contracts, tax documents, etc.—are properly and securely destroyed by a professional shredding company like PROSHRED Connecticut.







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