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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- For most people it's not a matter of if they will have their identity stolen, but when according to "Identity Theft 911."

There are important steps you need to take in order to minimize the damage if this happens to you.

For example, be incredibly careful when deciding to click on a link, and limit the amount of sensitive data stored on a computer. No matter what, don't keep your social security number on your computer.