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Identity thieves can strip personal information off of public Wi-Fi and your smartphone. Rick Nease/MCT Graphics via Getty Images hide caption

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The Federal Trade Commission advises parents to take precautions in order to protect children's personal information, which can be a target for theft. Identity thieves can use stolen information to open fraudulent credit card accounts and apply for government benefits, among other uses. Martin Meissner/AP hide caption

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The new Medicare cards (right) will not use Social Security numbers for identification. Instead, they will have random sequences of letters and numbers. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services /AP hide caption

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Underneath this truck bed's cover is a homemade rig of tubes and a welded-together 250-gallon tank. These thieves were making runs between Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Daniel Hajek/NPR hide caption

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Black-Market Diesel: Thieves Sell Fuel By The Truckload

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Fraudsters can get a lot of data by hacking payroll systems. iStockphoto hide caption

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This Tax Season, Fraudsters May Target Your Refund

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