"The basic idea is to keep any kind of document secure, whether it's at home or with you," said Arthur Visor, 77, of St. Louis County, a member of the AARP speakers bureau.
Although the theft of money is the usual object of identity thieves, it's not the only one, Visor said. Some may use a stolen ID to get treated at a hospital or to apply for a job.
Mary Serbi, another AARP speaker, said older people can be vulnerable to phone sales solicitations or bogus prize winnings.
Serbi, 82, of Maryland Heights, said older people are tempted to give out personal information, "especially if they're living alone, because they need someone to talk to, and they don't think about it."
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Tim Poor is a writer living in Clayton, Mo.