Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in the country, according to the credit bureau TransUnion, with almost 10 million incidents a year. In fact, the bureau calculates that every minute, 19 people become victims, and the average cost to the victim is $500 and 30 hours.
Those are some scary stats. The good news is that you can protect yourself by catching potential problems early and enlisting the support of your financial institution. Here are some tips for keeping your identity out of thieves' hands:
1. If you lose your credit card, let your card issuer know right away.
Not only will the issuer cancel the card and get a new one – with new numbers – on its way to you right away, but the customer service representative will let you know if any erroneous charges have already been made on the card and will prevent any new ones from going through. Read more at U.S. News & World Report....
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