Identity theft is running rampant in this country right now.

I know myself, that I have had my debit card hacked into 3 times in the last 6 months.  The most recent time, the kind individuals decided to buy airline tickets from Miami to Greece at 7 pm Friday heading into the Labor Day weekend (of course leaving me with nothing I could do).

That purchase drained my bank account and made it hard to have a fun holiday. I really hope they had a terrible vacation. Luckily, my bank decided to cover it for me.

That's just one incident.  There have been others including somebody hacking into my credit card recently making bets on Draft Kings.  I hope they put money on the Vikings beating New Orleans yesterday.  Identity theft has really gotten out of control.

Now, the Feds are warning the people of North Dakota to NEVER keep this item in their wallet or purse.

What am I speaking of?  Your Social Security Card.  Why would anybody carry their Social Security Card in their wallet or purse?  Good question.  I'm pretty sure I have before and the way I drop things out of my wallet that could've been dangerous. Nope, this item needs to be secured in a safe place in your home under lock and key.

Why?  With the holidays right around the corner scammers are out in full force.

If they were able to get ahold of your Social Security Card, they could use it to open up credit cards, take out loans, and a host of other sinister deeds that could decimate your good credit forever.

Yep, the Social Security Administration warns you should guard your card with your life.  Find out more about it here.

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