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Identity Protection - ID Theft & Credit Center

Identity Theft Protection

There is one incident of identity fraud every three seconds, but you can protect yourself. Here's what to know.
Kids can be ID theft targets like adults. Here's what to do if your child is a victim.
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Find out where to turn and what to do to hold back the damage and stop the scammers.
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Your well-established credit can be ruined by ID theft. Here's how to protect yourself.
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By 40, your identity is out there for thieves. Safeguard it by following these tips.
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Life events in your 30s can expose you to ID theft. Here's how to defend yourself.
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Americans' ID theft fright has faded, even as the specter continues to hover. Find out why.
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Fortify your wallet against intrusion with these credit card data-breach defenses.
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Even with nonstop social networking, 20-somethings can use these tips to avoid ID fraud.
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ID theft is the illegal use of someone else's personal identifying information in order to get money or credit.

Types of Identity theft

From synthetic ID theft to medical and criminal ID theft, thieves can exploit the lives of others in several ways.
How online spelling mistakes can lead to fraud

Misspell your bank's web address, and you may land on a page run by an identity thief.

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Stop low-tech ID theft: Keep your financial paperwork safe

Think you're most vulnerable to ID theft when you're online? Think again.

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How ID thieves steal your information

Gone are the days of the good old-fashioned purse snatcher. These days, ID thieves are getting your data in new tech-savvy schemes.
Registered to vote? You may be affected by one of last month's big data breaches.
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The most shocking set of victims? 6.4 million children had private data stolen.
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See where your ID may be safest, including the state with the lowest rate of all.
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Hackers hit banks, a trading site and even a ride-hailing service and thrift-store chain.
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When you swipe your debit card in these spots, you may find someone swiping your money.
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Hotels, the federal government and a big insurer all made headlines over data breaches.
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What's worse than stolen credit card data? One of these breaches has ruined marriages.
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Have you been burned by one of these data leaks? If so, you're not alone.
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Identity Theft News

Concerned about identity theft? From new ID scams to credit fraud, find the latest ID news here.
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How to fix your credit report

As soon as you suspect that you've been victimized, take these steps immediately to help clear your name and your credit.
Kids can be ID theft targets like adults. Here's what to do if your child is a victim.
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If you're a victim of ID theft, see how to reclaim your identity and restore your good name.
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A judgment will eventually drop off your credit report. But that doesn't mean it's gone.
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It's possible to improve your credit even before the bankruptcy is off your record. Here's how.
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Rebuilding your credit will take time, but there are some ways to get started on the right path.
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Haunted by debt that's beyond its expiration date? Follow these tips to get it out of your life.
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Your credit history can reveal risk factors not reflected by your credit score.
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Not every financial skeleton will make it into your credit report.
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Improving your credit score

Beyond the basics many consumers are in the dark about what makes their credit scores go up and down. Here's how to start on the path to good credit.
3 easy ways to rebuild your credit

Everybody makes debt mistakes. Follow this advice and you'll be back with better credit in no time.

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5 huge credit score myths that can hurt you

Consumers just can't shake these credit score beliefs. See how these myths can hurt.

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7 smart steps to a cleaner credit report

Finding credit after bankruptcy means sprucing up your credit report. These tips will get it done.

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Settle debt for less, hurt credit more?

Clearing a debt by not paying the entire amount may be a bad deal for your credit record.

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