How To Protect Yourself From Identity Theft

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This year, I have heard from an increasing number of clients, colleagues and family members wanting advice on how to proactively protect themselves from becoming identity theft victims. Having been through my own personal experience with identity theft last year, I learned that no matter how careful you are with your personal information, fraudsters can still find ways to obtain it. As a result, I have developed a list of steps I give clients who want to limit their exposure to identity theft and to begin to remedy its effects if their identities have been misused.

Place a credit freeze on each of the three credit reporting bureaus. A credit freeze prevents a creditor from being able to see a copy of your credit report. If a creditor cannot see your credit report, chances are they will not issue a credit card, mortgage, cell phone account or auto loan under your name.

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DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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