Consumers must be cautious of identity thieves when shopping during the holiday season, says LSU AgCenter family economist Dr. Jeanette Tucker.
"Identity theft is the fastest-growing white collar crime in the nation," Tucker said. "Be on your guard all the time. By taking certain precautions, you can save yourself hours of time recovering from identity theft."
Victims can spend an average of 500 hours on setting their information straight after identity theft, Tucker said. She offers several tips on protecting your identity through the holidays:
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