Tips to Prevent Identity Theft

  1. Change your passwords frequently
  2. When doing banking online, always close your browser afterwards to clear your information.
  3. Never give out personal information over the phone.
  4. Protect your social security card number.
  5. Lock up personal information around service workers and caregivers.
  6. Check your credit report quarterly.
  7. Scrutinize account statements carefully.
  8. Shred unwanted credit card solicitations.
  9. Make a copy of all credit cards and keep in your safe.
  10. If you get a call from someone claiming to be from your bank, ask for a case number and call them back.  Call them using the number on your statement or credit card.
  11. Minimize the number of cards you carry.
  12. Use credit cards rather than debit cards.
  13. Mail all bills from a post office mail slot or mail box.
  14. Don’t leave your purse, wallet or checkbook in the car or trunk.
  15. If you have a computer network, password protect it so someone outside your home cannot gain access.
  16. Shreds financial documents once you are through with them.
  17. Never click on links that claim they are from your bank.
  18. Utilize caller ID to verify where the caller is initiating the call.

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