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Protect Your Identity

December 1, 2020

With people remaining at home and the convenience of online shopping becoming ever more popular, identity theft and fraud are on the rise. Identity theft is a crime in which another person steals your personal information to commit fraud. Millions of U.S. residents report that their identity has been stolen and used for various type of fraud annually.

The most prevalent type of fraud includes medical and insurance fraud, which uses your health insurance number or Medicare ID to receive medical services or fraudulently bill your provider, and credit card fraud, which entails opening a new account or using an existing account to make fraudulent charges in your name. Other types of fraud include government and benefit, employment and tax, phone and utilities, and banking and loan.

There are several strategies and best practices that you can follow to avoid identity theft and protect yourself from fraud: