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The Most Basic Way to Prevent Identity Theft

The Most Basic Way to Protect Against Identity Theft

Everyday folks aren't armed with the high-tech equipment to battle elaborate identity theft schemers, but we do have one thing going for us — our common sense. Setting up various, unpredictable passwords for your online accounts is one way to guard yourself, and we can thank Mrs. Federal Reserve Chairman for demonstrating another basic lesson.

Ben Bernanke's checking account was one of hundreds that was wrapped up in an identity theft ring after his wife Anna's purse was stolen at a Starbucks. The thief hit the jackpot with that steal; not only did she keep her checkbook and IDs in her purse, it also contained her social security card. Access to someone's social security number makes stealing identities a breeze for scammers.

Protect yourself by leaving your social security card locked in a safe place at home; there's no reason for you to carry it around in your wallet.

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Chrstne Chrstne 6 years
This reminds me that my boyfriend keeps his in his wallet. I'm making him put it in the safe tonight. I had mine in a safety deposit box until I was 20, and only took it out when I needed to go to the DMV or something. I now have mine in a safe.
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