Identity theft happens when someone steals your personal information and uses it to fraudulently obtain money or credit in your name. This type of theft can take a long time to discover and even longer to fix.
There are some simple and basic things you can do to help prevent identity theft:
- Keep your important information in a safe place
- Personal information should only be shared with people and companies you trust
- Regularly check all your bills and bank statements
- Always shred sensitive information when you're done with it