Given the right information identity thieves can steal our money, ruin our credit and take over our lives.
Law enforcement agencies offer some suggestions on how to avoid becoming a victim of identity theft.
Some of the most common ways for the crooks to steal our identity are:
Stealing a wallet, purse or mail.
Going through our trash.
Using the personal information we share on the Internet.
The experts say we should mind our wallets and purses, shred all personal documents before throwing them out and be careful what information we put out on the web.