USAA: Ten Tips to Prevent ID Theft & How to Detect ID Theft

Nothing you can do will guarantee protection against identity theft in all circumstances. However, you can minimize your risk by managing personal information with care and caution.

* Memorize your Social Security number. Never carry your Social Security card in your wallet or purse.
* Store your wallet or purse in a secure location while at work or public places such as fitness centers...If you are a victim of identity theft, you can minimize damage to your name, finances, and credit history by detecting it early. To do so, you should begin taking the following steps immediately.

Monitor financial statements: Carefully monitor every statement from your bank, credit card company, and other financial institutions. Review transactions carefully for unexplained charges or withdrawals, and dispute anything that looks suspicious. This is the most common way victims discover misuse of their identity. - Identity Theft Tips from USAA

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