This problem impacts millions of Americans each year, and by the time most people discover they are a victim, severe financial damage has already been done¹.
Identity Theft can happen to anyone.
College students and people who have shopped at one of the stores that had a major data breach are especially vulnerable. There are several things someone can do to prevent identity theft from happening to them. The best prevention tool is to be signed up for credit monitoring. Reviewing your credit report and having this professional service monitor your credit will allow you to know if someone is trying to steal your identity.
Being credit aware isn't just a right, it's a responsibility; it's your responsibility. If managed properly, Identity Theft prevention and recovery doesn't have to be a scary process.
*Sources: ¹Trundy, Sean. "Aug 14, 2013 - Identity Theft: The Fastest Growing Crime in America." Fraud Prevention Blog. FRAUD FIGHTER, 14 Aug. 2013. Web. 22 June 2015.