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1. Watch your back

1. Watch your back
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In line at the grocery store, some thieves hold their smartphone like they are looking at the screen and take a photograph of your credit card as you’re using it. Next thing you know they can order things online with your account. Take a glimpse inside the scammers’ net to uncover the main ways thieves try to access your money – and how to protect yourself.

2. Watch your bank statements

2. Watch your bank statements
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Check your bank and credit card balances at least once a week. Identity thieves can do a lot of damage in the 30 days between monthly statements. Here are 9 ways your computer password can get you hacked.

3. Check out ATMs before you use them

3. Check out ATMs before you use them
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If you see something that looks like it doesn’t belong on the ATM or sticks out from the card slot, walk away. Thieves can make and install a ‘skimmer’ that can be used to capture your ATM card information and PIN.

4. Your unlocked mailbox is a gold mine

4. Your unlocked mailbox is a gold mine
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Thieves can steal your account numbers from banking letters sent in themail, use the convenience checks that come with your credit card statement, and send in pre-approved credit offers to get a card in your name. Stealing mail is considered easy. Sometimes, thieves act like they are delivering flyers. Other times, they just stand there and riffle through it. A lot believe if they don’t look suspicious, the neighbours will just think they are a friend picking up your mail. Follow these fraud prevention tips to stay safe.

5. Don't use unsecured Wi-Fi

5. Don't use unsecured Wi-Fi
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Sure, it may be nice not to have to put in your password when you use an unsecured Wi-Fi connection, but thieves have software that can scoop up all the data your computer transmits, including your passwords and other sensitive information. This is what you should do if your data has been hacked.

6. Tear up important documents before you throw them away

6. Tear up important documents before you throw them away
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Thieves will drive through your neighbourhood at 3 a.m. on garbage day in order to fill thier boot with bags of garbage from different houses, and then sort through it later looking for importate information. Here are 8 revealing everyday documents you didn’t know you should shred.

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7. Always get cards with a chip

7. Always get cards with a chip
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In Europe, all credit cards have an embedded chip and require a PIN, which makes them a lot harder to hack. Thieves say they can duplicate the magnetic stripe technology that appears on a credit card with a $50 machine. Don’t fall victim to these online shopping scams – here’s what to look for.

8. Use the same ATM

8. Use the same ATM
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If you use the same ATM every time, you’re a lot more likely to notice if something changes on the machine, like the skimmer thieves can install.

9. How much is your information worth?

9. How much is your information worth?
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Thieves can buy stolen account information such as your name, address, credit card number, and more, for between $10 to $50 per account from hackers who advertise on more than a dozen black market websites. Here are 17 things cyber crooks don’t want you to know.

10. Don't keep your pin number in your wallet

10. Don't keep your pin number in your wallet
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Don’t write your PIN number on a little slip of paper and store it in your wallet. Here are 7 things you should do asap if your wallet is lost or stolen.

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