Identity Theft Prevention Tips

  • Don't carry your social security card with you.
  • Be careful with receipts, take them with you. Don't throw them in public receptacles.
  • Use the post office instead of leaving mail in your mailbox.
  • Get a locking mailbox.
  • Shred anything with your name, address, date of birth, SSN or any credit solicitations.
  • Carefully review all statements, including bank, telephone, cable, cellular phone etc.
  • Request your credit report quarterly.
  • If you don't receive your mail for more than a couple days, check with the post office to see if there has been a change of address.
  • If statements are late, call creditors to see if a change of address has been filed.
  • Do not have your driver's license number or social security number printed on your checks.
  • Do not release personal information over the phone or Internet.
  • Order your social security benefits and earnings statement yearly.
  • Remove your name from Direct Marketing Association mailing and telephone lists.
  • Consider not listing your phone number.
  • Consider not using a professional qualification (Dr., Ph.D., and Atty. Etc.) in the phone book.
  • Do not carry PIN or passwords with you.
  • Never have new checks mailed to you; pick them up from the bank.