Sites offer tips to avoid ID theft
By Chuck Myers
Knight Ridder News Service
Identity theft has become a popular and fast-growing form of financial fraud. Millions of dollars are lost each year when confidential financial information, such as Social Security numbers and credit-card accounts, is compromised.
What can you do to safeguard private financial information? Several Web sites offer advice on that subject. Here are some sites worth a visit:
American Bankers Association
Lists protective steps and action to take if you become a victim.
Federal Trade Commission
Central U.S. government site for all matters related to identity theft.
How Stuff Works
Detailed information on how identity theft occurs and how to guard against it.
Identity Theft Resource Center
Features test for identity theft risk factors, with tips for businesses and consumers.