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Tips on How to Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

  1. Properly dispose of all papers that contain any personal information. You should shred bank statements, charge card receipts, credit offers, and any other documents that may have information regarding your personal finances.
  2. NEVER give out your social security number over the telephone or the Internet. Do not print your social security number on your checks. If you are asked for your social security number when cashing a check, refuse to provide it, instead offer another number (i.e. driver’s license number).
  3. Keep the number of credit cards that you carry to a minimum, just one card if at all possible.

    • Don’t carry your social security card in your purse or wallet.
    • Make a photocopy (front and back) of all credit cards and other important items and store in a secure place.
    • If you have a scanner you could scan these documents to a compact disc and store that disc for later use (do not store these items on your computer hard drive).
    • Never keep PIN numbers in your wallet or purse.
  4. Obtain a copy of your credit report at least once a year to ensure that all of the information is correct.
  5. NEVER give out your credit card or bank account number over the telephone, unless you have placed the phone call and you personally know the business.