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Warrensburg, MO 64093
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Protection Tips

Can Identity Theft Be Prevented?

The Answer is both Yes and No.

You can compare identity theft with someone trying to break into your house.

Can you prevent someone from breaking into your house? Well, you can do things to make it hard for them. You can install locks, alarms, and security cameras. You can hire security experts and armed guards.

Would it still be possible for someone to break in with all that in place? Sure, if they were determined enough and had more armed guards than you or better technology. We've seen it a million times in the movies.

The same is true for identity theft prevention. You can make it more difficult for someone, but nothing can 100% guarantee that you won't become a victim. Just being smart, however, will greatly lower your chances.

We've listed some common-sense ways of preventing identity theft below. You should also consider credit monitoring. That will help you detect identity theft if your prevention tactics fail.

Your Personal Data is Like Gold. Don't Let Someone Turn it Into Lead.

By following these simple tips, you can greatly reduce your chances of becoming a victim of identity theft. If you have any more tips to offer, send them here.

Again, none of these tips are guaranteed to prevent identity theft. You just want to make it more difficult for someone to steal your identity.

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