Personal Identity Theft

8 Tips to Avoid Personal Identity Theft

  1. Mail should be held at the post office when you are traveling and you should place locks on mailboxes for protection.
  2. Shred mail or any other documents that contain sensitive information, and be very cautious about sharing that information with anyone else.
  3. Be smart about your activities online – you should very rarely enter any personal information on a Web site unless you’re absolutely sure the site is legitimate. Do not use public computers or public Wi-Fi connections to conduct financial business online.
  4. Keep your computer system and browser software up to date and set to the highest security level you can tolerate.
  5. Limit the amount of information that you carry around in your wallet or purse such as your social security card and credit cards or account numbers that you may not use on a regular basis.
  6. Monitor your accounts and bank statements regularly and check your credit report on a regular basis to stay on top of irregular charges or financial transactions that you didn’t authorize.
  7. Never respond to calls, mail or emails requesting to “verify” your personal information.
  8. If your ID or credit cards are lost or stolen, immediately notify your credit providers and ask each of the credit bureaus to place a “fraud alert” on your file.

Check out more tips at the Better Business Bureau.