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Practice Safe Shopping

You can take some action to prevent rip offs, identity theft, and annoying surprises. The following sections discuss some of these methods in addition to some pointers to further information.

Never Give Out Your Social Security Number

An online merchant does not have a valid reason to have your Social Security number (SSN) for you to make a purchase. Some financial institutions may have valid reasons; research before you type that number in. Giving out your Social Security number is one of the easiest ways to help someone steal your identity. For more information on identity theft and others kinds of privacy compromise, see Chapter 12.


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