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Here are some things you can do to reduce your chances of being victimized by identity theft:
Check your bank, credit card, and similar statements monthly. Make sure you receive them, and make sure the charges are yours.
Immediately call your bank or credit card company if you don't receive your bill.
Consider registering with the Direct Marketing Association to refuse any unsolicited credit offers.
NEVER provide account information over the Internet or the telephone unless you originated the call and unless you are absolutely certain of the party you are speaking to.
Rip up receipts if you will not need them for warranties or returns.
Shred any unwanted credit, loan, or credit card offers - or at least cut them up with scissors - before putting them in the trash.
Do not give out your real name or other personal information in Internet chat rooms. Use a screen name.
Do not authorize others to use your credit cards. They may not take the same care that you do.
Deposit mail in a U.S. Postal Service mailbox.
Make sure your mailbox is secure.
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