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The Identity Theft You Haven't Heard of...Yet

How to Detect and Prevent ID Theft continued...

Social Security ID Fraud

  • Use a credit monitoring service (roughly $11 per month), which notifies you within 24 hours if there's unusual activity. Identity theft expert Frank W. Abagnale, author of Catch Me If You Can and Stealing Your Life, recommends PrivacyGuard, Equifax Credit Watch, and Identity Guard.
  • Before you toss sensitive financial documents and those credit card solicitations that come in the mail, destroy them in a micro-cut shredder.
  • Don't give out your SSN freely. "There's no reason the storage center or the dog pound needs to know your number," says Abagnale.
  • Never answer unsolicited phone or e-mail messages about your accounts, even if they sound or look legitimate.


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