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20 Mindless Ways You’re Putting Your Identity at Risk Everyday

GOBankingRates Logo By Valencia Higuera of GOBankingRates | Slide 1 of 21: An identity theft fraud survey by Javelin Strategy & Research found that $16 billion was stolen from 15.4 million U.S. consumers in 2016.Identity theft occurs when someone steals your personal information and uses it for financial gain. With your name, Social Security number, birth date, address and even your mother's maiden name, a thief can access your personal accounts, open new accounts in your name, and destroy your reputation and credit. The repercussions are far-reaching, but there are ways to prevent identity theft. Prevention starts with recognizing the ways you put your identity at risk every day.

An identity theft fraud survey by Javelin Strategy & Research found that $16 billion was stolen from 15.4 million U.S. consumers in 2016.

Identity theft occurs when someone steals your personal information and uses it for financial gain. With your name, Social Security number, birth date, address and even your mother's maiden name, a thief can access your personal accounts, open new accounts in your name, and destroy your reputation and credit.

The repercussions are far-reaching, but there are ways to prevent identity theft. Prevention starts with recognizing the ways you put your identity at risk every day.

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