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5 Tips to Prevent Tax Identity Theft

It’s March, the days are flying by, and already we are over one sixth of the way through the year. For those who don’t already know, the income tax return deadline for this year is the eighteenth of April, and estimates show it is expected that over 240 million tax returns will be filed. Of those, approximately 20% could be fraudulently filed using someone else’s information. Sound a little scary? It should. But there are ways to prevent you from becoming one of the victims. Here are five tips to help you prevent tax identity theft from happening to you. 1 Shred Your documents Before you throw away any personal or household documents, including invoices and tax returns, stop. Instead of trashing it, shred it. If you don’t own a shredder, you can invest in one for a reasonable price, usually around $35.00, at any discount store. It’s worth the investment and a small price to pay compared to the high cost of cleaning up your credit after you’ve been targeted by a thief. However, if you can’t afford to buy a shredder, maybe you could simply use scissors to cut up those identifying documents, if you don’t have too ...

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How To Protect Yourself From Everyday Thieves

Today’s world is not as simple as it used to be, and thieves have more ways to steal from you. In addition to pick pocketing, you can also have your car stolen, home broken into, and even have your identity stolen. It is imperative that you take measures you protect yourself, and do what you can to prevent theft. Pick Pocketing Thieves look for opportunities of grabbing quickly and making a fast escape. For those who carry their wallet without a purse, it should be kept in the front pocket rather than the back. Attaching your wallet to your clothing is also helpful. For women, you will find it very beneficial to own purses with a short strap that allow you to secure the purse under your arm. You will also want to keep the clasp facing your body, preventing a person from quickly opening it and reaching inside. Finally, never walk away from a shopping cart if your purse is in it. Car Stolen The first thing that you can do to prevent your vehicle from being stolen is never to leave your keys in the ignition and lock the doors. You should also look at having an alarm ...

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