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Help Protect Yourself From Identity Theft

While there is no way to ensure that you never become a victim, managing your personal information carefully and sensibly is the first step in minimizing your risk.

HOW CAN I MINIMIZE MY RISK OF IDENTITY THEFT?

Managing your personal information carefully and sensibly is the first step in protecting your identity. We recommend taking these simple precautions to keep your personal information safe:

ONLY CARRY ESSENTIAL DOCUMENTS WITH YOU.

Not carrying extra credit cards, your Social Security card, birth certificate or passport with you outside the house can help you minimize your risk of identity theft.

KEEP NEW CHECKS OUT OF THE MAIL.

When ordering new checks, pick them up at the bank instead of having them sent to your home. This makes it harder for your checks to be stolen, altered, and cashed by identity thieves.

BE CAREFUL WHEN GIVING OUT PERSONAL INFORMATION OVER THE PHONE.

Identity thieves may call, sometimes posing as bank or government agency officials. Do not give out personal information over the phone unless you initiated the call.

YOUR TRASH IS THEIR TREASURE.

Shred your receipts, credit card offers, bank statements, returned checks and any other sensitive information before throwing it away.

MAKE SURE OTHERS ARE KEEPING YOU SAFE.

Ensure that your employer, landlord and anyone else with access to your personal data keeps your records safe.

STAY ON TOP OF YOUR CREDIT.

Make sure your credit reports are accurate. If you spot an inaccuracy, follow-up.

PROTECT YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER.

If possible, make sure your bank does not print your SSN on your personal checks.

USE STRONG PASSWORDS THAT EMPLOY A RANDOM MIX OF LETTERS, NUMBERS AND SPECIAL CHARACTERS.

Doing so makes it harder for identity thieves to discover these codes, and makes it easier for you to prevent identity theft.

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CREDIT INFORMATION

Your credit information is the first place to look when you suspect identity theft has taken place. Make sure you’re educated on how to spot something fishy.

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OTHER PERSONAL INFORMATION

Criminals don’t need your complete profile — or even your credit information — to steal your identity. To most effectively minimize your risk of identity theft, it’s critical to monitor non-credit identity data as well.

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