Identity theft is a serious crime. Once criminals have obtained your personal information, they can try to take over your identity and do anything from opening a credit card or taking out an auto loan, to filing for bankruptcy, all in your name. Identity thieves can get your personal information from a variety of sources, including e-mail fraud, stealing your wallet, stealing your mail, digging through your trash or hacking internet accounts.
How can you protect yourself?
While you can't entirely control whether you will become a victim, there are steps you can take to minimize your risk. One way is to take the following quiz* to help you recognize where you might be vulnerable to identity theft.
*The information and recommendations contained in the Identity Theft Quiz are intended as general guidelines to educate you about the need to protect your personal information. They do not constitute a guarantee or legally-binding financial advice.