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The risk of becoming a victim of identity theft or fraud has risen to an alarming level for most Americans, yet both the frequency and severity of these crimes continue to accelerate. Investors must be especially wary of this risk, given the potential consequences that could occur if their confidential personal information were to fall into the wrong hands. In this article, we discuss some of the specific risks that investors face with regard to identity theft, as well as some of the measures that they can take to reduce their risk of becoming a victim and to minimize the damage that could be caused if they do, in fact, fall victim to identity theft.

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