You receive a call offering free medical equipment. Sounds great, right? But there’s just one thing: They need you to confirm sensitive details like your health insurance numbers—details that your doctor already knows. Providing that information is a one-way ticket to becoming an identity theft victim.
This scenario is just one of many ways fraudsters steal personal information. Are you doing enough to protect your identity? In 2020, the Federal Trade Commission’s website received nearly 1.4 million reports of identity theft, about twice as many as in 2019.
Here is a dose of reality about identity theft, with five tips that could help you protect yourself.