While new credit only accounts for 10% of your FICO score, it really can't be ignored. If you're young and don't have a lengthy history, opening up a new account can hurt your score as too much credit is generally considered risky. If you have what might be construed as too many accounts, then the thought is that it's too much to keep up with, especially all those different payment dates.

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Identity theft is life-changing; you are no longer yourself when it comes to your credit because someone has taken over your "credit life." That doesn't mean they start paying your bills; oh no, they start charging food, clothes and gasoline to a credit card in YOUR NAME. The good credit you've built up over the years is destroyed and it could be years before you totally eradicate the ramifications.