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Tips to avoid skyrocketing identy theft

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Don't provide personal information to someone who calls or e-mails you, no matter who they say they are.

Don't carry your Social Security card with you. Hardly anyone has a legitimate reason to ask you for it.

Remember the old saying -- If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

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Linda Vanderwerf

I cover education issues for the West Central Tribune and have worked for the paper since 1995. I have worked in journalism since 1981.

Follow me on Twitter: @lindavanderwerf

(320) 214-4340
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