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Financial Tips from the Atlanta Fed: Keeping Your Identity Safe
December is Identity Theft Prevention and Awareness Month. These tips will help you keep your identity secure or recover it if it has been stolen.
- Take steps to protect your identity such as regularly obtaining copies of your credit report to check for errors, reviewing account statements, and keeping your personal information secure.
- If you learn that your identity has been stolen, immediately take action to report and recover your identity.
- Child identity theft continues to be a pervasive issue. Children are often targets because they and their parents will likely not be aware there is an issue.