Identity Theft Tips and Theft Stats

 

ID Theft Tips

 

The following tips outline how you can prevent identity theft from taking over your life:

  • Take a proactive approach in managing your personal information.
  • Shred, destroy and/or delete physical and electronic confidential information.
  • Cancel your paper bills and statements wherever possible and instead check your statements and pay bills online.
  • Use email-based account “alerts” to monitor transfers, payments, low balances and withdrawals.
  • Avoid using easily available information (like birth dates of family members or you mother’s maiden name) for passwords.
  • Secure confidential data in your home and at work.
  • Ask about information security procedures in your workplace, medical (hospital, doctor, and dentist) offices, businesses (utility/phone companies), or associations that you are a member of.
  • Do not give out personal information (through the internet, phone or mail) unless you have initiated the contact and/or know the individual/business with whom you are dealing with.
  • Do not carry you social security card with you.
  • Keep your purse or wallet in a safe place at home and work.
  • Update your virus protection software and firewall regularly.
  • If your purse or wallet is lost or stolen, act quickly to close accounts and contact the three credit reporting agencies.
  • If you become a victim, place a fraud alert with the credit reporting agencies and review your credit reports.