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Did you know that anyone can be a victim of identity theft? Looks like not even the Federal Reserve chairman, Ben Bernanke, immune to it.
According to USA Today, identity thieves stole his wife's purse last August from a Capital Hill Starbucks. It doesn't appear that the Bernanke's were personally targeted as there were over 500 families involved.
What was in Mrs. Bernanke's purse? Her drivers license, Social Security card, four credit cards and a book of checks from the couple's joint bank account. You would think the federal reserve chairman's wife would know better than to keep her Social Security card in her purse.
With your drivers license, social security card and a credit card, the identity thieves have all they need to assume your identity and wreck your finances. If you currently have your social security card in your purse or wallet, remove it now and put it in a safe place.
Here is a 3 part series I wrote on Avoiding Identity Theft:
Avoiding Identity Theft - Part 1
Avoiding Identity Theft - Part 2
Avoiding Identity Theft - Part 3