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Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

Posted On: April 15, 2021 by Exchange Bank of Northeast Missouri in: Cyber Security, General

The Federal Trade Commission defines identity theft as theft that happens “when someone uses your Social Security number or other personal information to open new accounts, make purchases, or get a tax refund.” This kind of theft not only steals your money, but your precious time as you work to figure out what accounts are compromised and finding safe ways to re-open them. Keep reading to prevent identity theft.  Start by Educating Yourself  The first step to protecting yourself from identity theft is to learn what type of information a thief might be after. Different types of identity theft where criminals gather information about you include financial fraud, medical identity theft, social security theft, child identity theft, tax theft and others. For example:  Financial Fraud – spending money with your debit and/or credit card numbers.   Medical Identity Theft – personal information such as SSN, date