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5 ways to expose yourself to identity theft

Simple mistakes can 'create havoc'
Simple mistakes can create havoc

Everyone makes mistakes. After all, it's only human to goof up now and then. But if you want to protect yourself from identity theft and other financial scams, you need to play it safe, be smart and avoid simple mistakes that can expose your financial data and identity to fraudsters.

"Some people accuse me of being paranoid about it, but if you talk to people who've gotten into issues with identity theft, it created havoc in their lives. It's a big deal," says Conrad Ciccotello, director of personal financial planning programs at Georgia State University in Atlanta.

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