Identity theft happens all too frequently. A few careless mistakes with your personal information and you could be in the clutches of a ID thief.
Within minutes, someone could have your social security number, date of birth, and your mother's maiden name-all the crucial information needed to begin opening new credit in your name and placing fraudulent charges on your existing credit accounts.
How do you prevent identity theft and fraud from happening to you? Here are 10 steps to safeguarding your personal information and make sure ne'er do wells don't snatch your credit identity.
1. Be Alert - Whenever you're using your debit or credit card, make sure that no one can see you put in your pin number or get a close look at your card. Debt cards and pin numbers are prized by identity thieves because they give them direct and quick access to your cash (checking account). Even with credit cards, a quick peek over the shoulder in the check-out line can give a thief your creditRead More »from 10 Steps to Stop ID Theft Dead in Its Tracks!