Identity Theft Prevention Tips
Identity theft is a serious and troubling crime that is affecting more and more people around the world each year. We've compiled a short list of tips that can help you keep your identity safe and secure. Please note that this list is not intended to be fully comprehensive, nor can we guarantee that the items listed will prevent your identity from being stolen, but they certainly won't hurt!
- Always be wary of e-mails or websites soliciting confidential personal information. It is also prudent to be skeptical of messages from friends on social networking sites. When in doubt, always contact the friend directly (preferably not via the Internet) to confirm that a link or website was intentionally sent.
- Enroll in an identity theft prevention service.
- Monitor your credit report. U.S. federal law dictates that you may request and receive a free report annually from each of the three major U.S. credit bureaus.
- Place your garbage receptacles at the curb as close to garbage collection time as possible each week. Putting your garbage out the night before pickup allows fraudsters to take your garbage and filter it for personal information and offers which may be applied for in your name.
- Use a shredder for any documents containing personal or confidential information as well as offers from financial services companies.