How to Protect Yourself From Identity Theft During a Deployment

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Knowledge is the first line of defense against identity theft. Take the extra steps to protect yourself during deployment. Here are a few ways you can minimize your risk of identity theft while you're deployed:

Identity theft is a reality for many people, so make sure you educate and protect yourself. Don't think, "It can't happen to me," because it can. It could be as simple as the wrong person getting ahold of your personal information — Social Security number, credit card number, address, date of birth, etc. — and using it without your knowledge or permission.

Identity theft can seriously impact your finances and credit rating, affect your ability to open new accounts, and cost you time and money. When you are called to active duty or deployed you may be at greater risk, so consider taking a few extra steps to protect your personal information.

Visit Military OneSource to access free financial counseling, and the Federal Trade Commission to learn more about how military personnel can protect themselves from identity theft.

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