Are You At Risk For Identity Theft?
The following puts you at risk for identity theft:
- I don't believe people root around in my trash looking for credit/financial info.
- I carry my social security card in my wallet.
- I have another card in my wallet with my social security number on it.
- I have my social security number and driver's license number printed on my personal checks.
- I leave mail for pickup in an unlocked location at home or at work.
- I provide my social security number whenever asked.
- I am connected to the internet but don't use a firewall or virus software.
Things you can do:
- Have a cross-cut shredder near where you sort your mail and use it regularly.
- Shred pre-approved credit offers, don't just put them in the trash.
- Have personal checks with just your initial, last name and address, no other information.
- Use a card that has only part of your social security number on it.
- Keep personal identity information in a locked or protected area of your house.
- Watch your surroundings for people who might be listening when giving out your social security number or other financial information.
- Order a copy of your credit report annually.
- Keep an eye on your credit cards whenever they leave your hand.
- Do not respond to internet scams, they do look real, and hang up on telephone solicitors.