Here are 5 easy steps you can take to protect yourself against fraud:
1. Change your passwords, update your security questions, and use 2-factor authentication whenever possible on important logins such as your email, bank account and other financial institution accounts.
2. Enroll into credit monitoring services. This will help you monitor your credit and get information on your open credit accounts.
3. If you do not plan to file for any credit in the near future, consider putting a fraud alert or credit freeze on your credit file with the big 3 credit reporting firms. http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0279-extended-fraud-alerts-and-credit-freezes
4. Enroll into the IRS Identification Protection PIN service with the IRS. http://www.irs.gov/individuals/Get-An-Identity-Protection-PIN
5. File your Tax Return sooner rather than later. If the thieves have enough information, they may try to file your tax return and collect your refund.
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