Just remember the word "SCAM."
To help minimize the risk of becoming a victim of identity theft, there are a few simple steps you can take. For starters, just remember the word "SCAM."
S: Be STINGY about giving out your personal information to others unless you have a reason to trust them, regardless of where you are.
C: CHECK your financial information regularly and look for what should be there and what shouldn't.
A: ASK periodically for a copy of your credit report.
M: MAINTAIN careful records of your banking and financial accounts.
Educating yourself is the best way to minimize identity theft.