are just a few suggestions to help you protect your privacy and
reduce your risk of becoming a victim of identity theft:
your Social Security number only when absolutely necessary and
don't carry your card in your wallet.
up or shred any documents that contain personal information,
such as bills, bank statements, credit card receipts, etc. before
throwing them away.
only the credit cards and identification that you need.
check your credit report.
creating passwords and PINs, avoid using the last 4 digits of
your Social Security number, your birth date, your phone number,
or a series of consecutive numbers.
your credit card and other financial statements each month to
check for any purchases you didn't make. Also, pay attention
to billing cycles. A bill that doesn't arrive on time may have
been redirected by an identity thief.
in writing, credit cards that you rarely, if ever, use.
give out your credit card or bank account information over the
phone unless you have initiated the call or are familiar with
a lock on your mailbox, and if you can't, pick up your mail
as quickly as possible once it has been delivered. Also, drop
off letters containing personal information in more secure locations
such as the Post Office or a U.S. Postal Service box.
leave printed receipts behind at ATM machines or gas pumps.
put credit card information on a Web site that isn't secure.
the 3 major credit bureaus and ask to "Opt Out" of
the credit lists they sell. Call 1-800-567-8688. Be aware that
the option to "Opt Out" may expire in 2 years, so
you may want to make a note of this.
you believe that you may already be a victim of identity theft,
act fast to minimize the damage.
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