Written by Sarah HancockSarah Hancock is passionate about green living and sustainability. She frequently writes about renewable energy and manages the Solar blog at BestCompany.com.
Identity theft, which is a serious crime that occurs when an individual obtains the personal or financial information of another person and uses it to fraudulently make transactions or purchases, is a growing problem. In the infamous words of Dwight K. Schrute, "Identity theft is not a joke, Jim! Millions of families suffer every year!" And it's true—an all-time high of approximately 15.4 million American adults fell victim to identity theft in 2016. Although the issue of identity fraud is increasing, there are ways to mitigate risk and minimize impact. Take care to avoid the following mistakes that could potentially compromise your identity: