Protecting your identity: Overview

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The costs of ID theft
Sleazy con artists cause a great deal of inconvenience to society — not to mention $45 billion in costs.

Guard your Social Security number

Your SSN should be treated as “classified information,” and few people have the right to access it.
  Protect your personal information
Crooks would love to know all about you. Keep them in the dark.

Risks of online public records

Think you’ve got your personal data under control? Anyone with a computer can access it online with complete anonymity.

Lifestage identity theft risks

Identity theft can happen to anyone at any time, but young adults who take more risks make the easiest targets.

Red flag rules

By November 1st, financial institutions must comply with new federal rules designed to thwart identity thieves.

26 red flags revealed

Financial institutions will monitor accounts for these red flags.
  Filing a police report
ID theft victims are frustrated when understaffed or indifferent authorities refuse to take a report.