I recently attended a conference sponsored by the Denver District Attorney's Office dealing with the issue of identity fraud. One of the speakers was a former methamphetamine user who was a genius at stealing people's identities. If you've seen the movie "Catch Me If You Can," you know how someone can produce false identity cards, checks and other documents and then run away with your money.
Are you at risk for identity theft? Answer the following questions developed by the Denver District Attorney's Office and add up your score.
100+ points: You are at high risk - more than one million people will become victims of identity theft this year.
50-100 points: Your odds of being victimized are about average.
Below 50 points: Congratulations - you have low vulnerability.
One of the most important steps you can take to avoid identity theft is to use a cross-cut shredder to destroy all documents you wouldn't want a thief to get. The Colorado con said, "The number-one way I get identity information is sifting through people's trash."
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