11 Steps to Protect Yourself from Identity Theft: Step 3

Step 3: Don’t leave personal or financial
information out in the open.

The latest data in the FTC’s most recent Identity Theft Survey Report shows a shocking 16% of identity theft victims personally knew the thief—family members, friends, neighbors, in-home employees and coworkers were all implicated in these cases. With that in mind, it is always best to keep all personal or financial information in a safe place in your home. Don’t leave it lying around, especially if you are having work done on your home or hire outside help.

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