Identity theft is stressful, and it can do tremendous damage to your finances. It’s important to recognize the signs early.

The earlier you notice something is amiss, the faster you can take action to minimize the damage.

The Better Business Bureau recommends the following tips to help you recognize the signs of identity theft as soon as possible.

1. What is the first red flag someone may have stolen your identity?

You receive statements or bills in the mail for accounts you never opened.

If you get a bill for an account you didn’t authorize, someone may have gotten a hold of your personal information and opened an account in your name.

Contact the company immediately to find out if there’s been a mistake and check your credit report for unusual activity.

2. You apply for a loan or…

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