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6 common habits that put you at risk for identity theft

NBC News

According to a report by Javelin Strategies, U.S. residents lost $16.8 billion to fraudsters in 2017, and the number of victims increased 8 percent over the previous year.

Unfortunately, identity thieves are getting smarter, which means that consumers have to be even more vigilant when it comes to protecting their personal information and their financial well-being. Thieves are launching more complex schemes, but consumers also don’t think twice about many common practices that put their data — and their money — at risk.

It’s easy to be cavalier with your passwords and personal information — and to believe identity theft won’t happen to you. Here are six common habits to break right now.


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