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How to Avoid Identity Theft

The best protection against identity theft is to carefully protect your personal information, for example:

Do not share personal information over the phone, through the mail or over the internet unless you initiated the contact or know the person you are dealing with.

Be suspicious if someone contacts you unexpectedly online and asks for your personal information. It doesn't matter how legitimate the e-mail or website may look. Only open e-mails that look like they are from people or organizations you know, and even then, be cautious if they look questionable. Be especially wary of fraudulent e-mails or websites that have typos or other obvious mistakes.