How to recognize identity theft

Watch your bank account, credit cards, credit score

Bobby Hansen, Better Business Bureau Cedar Rapids

Identity theft is stressful, and it can do tremendous damage to your finances.

It’s important to recognize the signs early. The earlier you notice something is amiss, the faster you can take action to minimize the damage.

In honor of ID Theft Awareness Week commencing Jan. 30, the Better Business Bureau recommends the following tips to help you recognize the signs of identity theft.

  • You receive statements or bills for accounts you never opened. If you get a bill for an account you did not authorize, someone may be utilizing your personal information to open accounts. Contact the company to find out if there’s been a mistake and check your credit report for unusual activity.
  • You are surprised by being denied
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