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Identity Theft
Definition:
    The fraudulent appropriation and use of someone's identifying or personal data or documents, such as a credit
    card.
 
- Dictionary.com

Identity theft happens. It's an unfortunate fact of modern life. But there are certain steps you can take to help keep your personalID Theft information from falling into the wrong hands. 

Every day, you do things to protect what's most important to you. And you know what? You do them almost automatically. Routine things like looking both ways before you cross, brushing your teeth, and buckling your seat belt.  Another routine to get into is keeping tabs on your identity and personal information. Here are five easy ways you can do it.

  • Read your credit card and bank statements carefully and often.
  • Know your payment due dates.
  • If a bill doesn't show up when you expect it, look into it.
  • Read the statements from your health insurance plan.
  • Make sure the claims paid match the care you got.
  • Shred any documents with personal and financial information.
  • Review each of your three credit reports at least once a year. It's easy, and it's free.

Before you know it, protecting your personal information can be as routine as locking your doors at night.  For more tips and tools on dealing with identity theft, visit ftc.gov/idtheft. That's ftc.gov/idtheft.

Source: http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/media/video-0023-what-identity-theft

Below are additional Identity Theft resources.
    
Identity Theft Task Force    FTC Consumer Information    Social Security Fraud     SSA Fraud Advisory

IRS Identity Protection Information     IRS - Identity Theft and Fraudulently Obtained Tax Refund Checks 

DOJ - Identity Theft and Identity Fraud    Credit Report Fraud     Cybercrimes and ID Theft     Avoiding Online Scams