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Identity Theft Alert: 10 Rules You Must Follow to Protect Yourself from America’s #1 Crime by Steve Weisman

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16. Steve’s Top Ten Lists

David Letterman is famous for his top ten lists. I have my own top ten lists for various aspects of identity theft, and although they might not be as amusing as David Letterman’s lists, they are important for you to know.

Steve’s Top Ten Things the Government Should Be Doing About Identity Theft

1. The government should eliminate the use of the Social Security number as an identifying number everywhere except for Social Security itself. Although there will be initial costs involved in this process, particularly as it relates to Medicare and the income tax, it will save much money and distress in the long run as a more secure and less vulnerable identifying number is used.

2. The federal government should be taking ...

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