Identity Theft

Here are some things you can do to reduce your chances of being victimized by identity theft:
  • Check your bank, credit card, and similar statements monthly. Make sure you receive them, and make sure the charges are yours.
  • Immediately call your bank or credit card company if you don't receive your bill.
  • Consider registering with the Direct Marketing Association to refuse any unsolicited credit offers.
  • NEVER provide account information over the Internet or the telephone unless you originated the call and unless you are absolutely certain of the party you are speaking to.
  • Rip up receipts if you will not need them for warranties or returns.
  • Shred any unwanted credit, loan, or credit card offers - or at least cut them up with scissors - before putting them in the trash.
  • Do not give out your real name or other personal information in Internet chat rooms. Use a screen name.
  • Do not authorize others to use your credit cards. They may not take the same care that you do.
  • Deposit mail in a U.S. Postal Service mailbox.
  • Make sure your mailbox is secure.