In 2012 alone there were over 12 million cases of identity theft and that number has gone up since then. It can happen if you lose your wallet, don't shred documents, or if you fall for internet scams.
How to Prevent Identity Theft: -Shred your documents
- Don't give out your SSN unless you have to
- Don't give out information over the phone, internet, or through the mail
- Use firewall software to protect your computer