Identity theft is the number one complaint to the Federal Trade Commission. Learn how to protect yourself.  I’m Laurie Edwards-Tate with “LifeCycles.”

The two age groups most at risk for identity theft are between 18 and 24 years old, and over 60. Here are some tips to protect yourself.

  • Shred all documents with personal information.
  • Carefully monitor your credit card statements.
  • Use privacy settings with social media.
  • Never post anything you would not want to see on a billboard.
  • Be more selective about accepting friends.
  • Regularly check who has access and review what they post about you.
  • Do not offer information unless a website is secure. Look for the letters “H-T-T-P-S” and a padlock symbol next to it in the address.
  • Never give personal information in response to an incoming email, even if it looks legitimate.

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