Identity theft is a serious issue in the United States. According to the Bureau of Justice, about 7 percent of persons 16 or older have been victims of identity theft. The majority of these cases, 86 percent, were in relation to credit card or bank account information. Unfortunately, it appears young adults are more prone to identity theft, with 17 percent of millennial women and 38 percent of millennial men falling victim to online or phone fraud.
The holiday season is fast approaching, and with that comes increased use of credit cards. As you search for the perfect gift for family and friends, follow these tips to help protect your identity this holiday season.
Don’t let identity theft ruin your holiday spirit. Be cautious of where you are using your credit card and how it is being stored. For more tips on protecting yourself from identity theft this holiday season visit USAGov.