Ten million Americans were victims of identity theft in 2006. It can take years of hard work for victims of identity theft to restore their credit rating and good name.
There are four steps that individuals should take to help protect their identity from thieves.
- Review your consumer credit reports every year.
- Shred and destroy unwanted documents that contain your personal information.
- Deposit mail in U.S. Postal Service collection boxes or at your local post office.
- Don’t leave mail in your mailbox overnight or on weekends.