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There are some easy ways to protect yourself from identity theft

As Americans have increasingly turned to digital devices and online shopping as a result of the pandemic, there has been an unfortunate rise in identity theft and fraud as scammers attempt to exploit the situation.

Alarmingly, 10% of US adults report being a victim of identity theft since the onset of the COVID-19.

Identity theft is a broad term for unauthorized use of your personal data, typically for financial gain. It starts when someone “steals” your name, address, Social Security number, checking account or credit card numbers, passwords and other personal information. While identity theft can be scary, there is some good news. You can protect yourself, in most cases, by being aware of the threat and following certain practices for safeguarding your information.


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