Identity Theft

How to protect yourself from it

Don't give out personal information

Keep your personal records and pins such as your SSN and credit or debit card pins in a safe place where only you can access them

Keep track of your bank and credit card statements

Make sure to keep a close eye on your payment records to make sure that you don't find any abnormal claims on your account

Shred Your documents

Make sure that you shred your documents before throwing them out. The easiest way for someone to steal your Identity is to look through the trash for important documents.

Make sure websites are secure

When Shopping online make sure that the websites are legitimate and secure before giving any information

Be Cautious When Sharing Computers

Clear all sensitive data and cookies when using the computer and always make sure you log out and clear any logs or key loggers that you might have running

Guard Your TECHNOLOGICAL devices

If you use important or sensitive information on your phone or other devices then you will need to protect them. Keep a close eye on them and use strong passwords.

Keep Copies of Cards and Documents

If your credit cards or important document do get stolen then you can still had the information that you need and can report them

Treat Your Mail With Care

Always place personal documents and mail into a safe box or shred them in order to keep them safe from those who wish to steal your Identity

Keep up-to-date anti-virus and anti-spyware software on your computer

People can give you viruses just by having you click on a link. Having Anti-spyware or Anti-virus software on your computer can scan your computer for these malicious programs and give you the option of deleting them

Don't Fall for Phishing Scams

Phishing is a technique employed by identity thieves through email or online chat services. The thief pretends to represent a company, such as PayPal or your credit card issuer, and informs you that you need to respond with some information or click on a link. The thief may even claim to represent a charity or sweepstakes giveaway. Don't fall for it. Don't respond and don't click the link, even if it appears to be a legitimate link. Responsible organizations will not contact you in this way.