Taking a these preventive measures can help you avoid being a victim of identity theft:
Never carry your social security number with you.
Never pre-print your social security number or driver’s license number on your checks.
Never give out personal information over the telephone or by e-mail,
no matter who calls to solicit or who they say they represent.
Take all outgoing mail to a mail drop box.
Have a lock for your mailbox and coordinate with your postmaster to use it after leaving mail.
Have all check re-orders sent directly to the credit union for you to pick up.
Invest in a document shredder, then shred documents with any personal or financial information.
Always sign the back of your credit cards; you can write “Check ID” next to your signature. If you do not sign your card you void any protection rights you have with the credit card company.
Know what’s on your credit report. You have the right to one free credit report per year. The three credit reporting agencies (Experian, TransUnion and Equifax) also offer a credit watch service for a fee. Visit their web sites for details.
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