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How to Spot and Avoid Identity Theft
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The Better Business Bureau serving the Canton area and greater West Virginia offers tips and advice for consumers to avoid fraudulent practices.

Scams are designed to steal your money or steal your identity to steal your money later. Scammers have all kinds of techniques to collect personally identifiable information (PII). Once they have it, they can effectively become you, using your identity to open accounts, file taxes, or obtain medical coverage.

How identity theft scams work:

How do people steal your identity? With enough personal information, a scammer can impersonate you and commit a wide range of crimes. They can fake loan and credit card applications, withdraw money from your bank account, or obtain services on your behalf. They may also sell your information to others on the Internet.

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