ID Theft Protection Week

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Provided by AARP Virginia

The first week of February is Identity Theft Awareness Week. It’s a good time to think about a sobering reality: your personal information has most likely already been stolen. Many entities have our personal information – credit card and bank account numbers, Social Security numbers, and health-related information – and data breaches have exposed it. So, what can we do to protect ourselves after the fact?

Here are three steps to protecting yourself against identity fraud.

  1. Place a security freeze on your credit accounts with the three main credit bureaus so no one can open a new credit line in your name;
  2. Establish online access to your financial accounts and monitor them regularly (you can typically set up text alerts for activity on these accounts);
  3. Use unique passwords for every online account; consider purchasing a password manager that creates complex passwords and stores them securely.

Be a fraud fighter!  If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam.


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