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The link between social media and ID theft

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A new study says adults under the age of 30 can be big targets for identity theft.

Social media – Facebook, Twitter – it has become such a daily part of the public's lives; but a new study show nearly 30 percent of national identity thefts complaints come from those under the age of 30.

These stats all come from the Federal Trade Commission's Consumer Sentinel Network report.

The Arizona Attorney General's office suggests it is because young people freely give out personal information on social media sites without thinking twice.

One example given was sharing a photo and the name of a person's pet can give the thieves a clue into what a password might be.

Officials say the best way to avoid identity theft is by being proactive.  Be discreet about what people post. Do not use the same passwords for all accounts.  And remember to shred all personal documents.

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