Prevent Identity Theft

 identity-theftOctober 19 is National Secure Your Identity Day. It's important to deal with your paper trail and belongings now so that you don't waste time and money later in fighting fraud committed in your name. According to Javelin Strategy and Research, in 2008 43% of the incidents stemmed from lost or stolen wallets and purses, 3% from theft of mail, 19% while conducting a transaction, and 13% from people with access to the victims' homes. In 2011, nearly 12 million Americans had to deal with this type of fraud. To help prevent identity theft from happening to you,

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="193"]Better Business Bureau logo. Better Business Bureau will host free shred days on October 20, 2012. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)[/caption]In case you missed an earlier blog post, October is National Clean Out Your Files Month. (Yippeee!)Whether you do that now or at any other time, papers containing personal information such as account, social security, and drivers license numbers should be shredded in order to protect yourself from identity theft. If you have a