Identity theft is the act of using another person's personal information, or their actual identity for financial gain. It affects approximately 7 –10 million people per year in the U.S, and is growing at a remarkable rate. Frighteningly it happens without you even knowing it and once you have become aware of it, in most cases the damage has already been done. This book is meant to help you avoid getting taken advantage of. It provides an overview of the different ways identity theft can happen and the steps to take to prevent them. The book also covers what to do in the event you do have your personal information stolen.