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February 2, 2024

Your identity is a valuable piece of information, and identity theft and identity fraud are fast-growing crimes. They can involve someone impersonating you, using your personal information to open bank accounts, withdrawing money from your accounts, or even taking out loans in your name.

It’s important that you pay close attention to your finances to recognize the signs of identity theft. Identity theft can happen to anyone, but knowledge is your best defense. Here are nine signs that you may be a victim of identity theft:
  1. You notice unrecognized withdrawals from your bank account.
  2. You see charges on your credit or debit card that you did not make.
  3. You received statements from an unknown credit card.
  4. Debt collectors have called you about debts that are not yours.
  5. You have received notification of a data breach.
  6. Despite good credit, a loan or credit card application of yours was denied.
  7. You have received suspicious emails, text messages, or phone calls asking for personal information.
  8. When you tried to file your taxes, there was already one submitted by someone else.
  9. You have received a bill for a medical appointment, tests, or even medication that you do not recognize.
If you notice any of the above, be sure to take the necessary steps to report identity theft and secure your information.

Click here to learn more about how to protect your identity and the steps to take if your personal information is stolen.

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