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5 ways to expose yourself to identity theft

Don't yak on your cell phone in public
Dont yak on your cell phone in public

Elevators, public streets, restaurants, airport terminals -- these are but a few of the public places where Linda Foley, founder of the Identity Theft Resource Center in San Diego, says a private conversation on a cell phone can be easily overheard by someone who can memorize or write down any financial information that's disclosed.

"You don't have soundproofing around you," she says.

If you have a genuine need to discuss your finances or recite a Social Security, driver's license or bank account number on the telephone, do so in private, not on a cell phone in a public place. You never know who may be listening to your conversation.

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