- At home keep personal information in a safe place. Shred any papers with confidential information before you throw them out -- even the junk mail. To opt out of receiving offers of credit in the mail, call 1-888-5-OPTOUT.
- Never throw away ATM receipts, credit statements, credit cards, or bank statements in a usable form.
- When ordering new checks, pick them up from the bank instead of having them mailed to your home mailbox.
- Unless you initiate the contact with a business (whether over the phone, through the mail or on Internet), don’t give out any confidential information such as credit card number, SSN, PIN, DOB, or even your mother’s maiden name.
- Reconcile your bank account monthly, and notify your bank of discrepancies and unexplained activity immediately.
- Carry as few cards with identity or personal information as possible.
- Review of copy of your credit report at least once a year.
You can also consider a security or credit freeze. Placing such a freeze on your credit reports can block an identity thief from opening a new account or getting credit in your name.
- Why do you need my SSN?
- How will my SSN be used?
- How do you protect my SSN from being stolen?
- What will happen if I don’t give you my SSN?
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