Fraud Alerts: Tips to Prevent ID Theft
Tips to Help Prevent ID Theft
Theft of databases has increased people’s fear of computer hackers.
Remember however, you are just as likely to have your identity stolen
via purse snatchings, mail theft, and dumpster diving. To significantly
reduce your risk of being a victim of identity theft:
- Wear a close-fitting pouch, instead of carrying a purse or wear
your wallet in your front pocket and use a pen using forgery proof ink
when writing checks. Call the DA’s office at the number below and we
will provide you one (as supplies allow).
- Don’t carry your checkbook, extra credit cards, or Social
Security card in public; don’t use your Social Security number on your
- Don’t give any part of your Social Security, credit card or bank
account numbers over the phone or Internet, unless you have made the
contact to a company or financial institution with which you are
- Request a free copy of your credit report once a year from each of the three major credit reporting agencies at www.annualcreditreport.com or 1-877-322-8228 (it’s safe to give your Social Security Number.)
- Call 1-888-567-8688 to “opt out” of credit agency marketing lists and reduce credit card solicitations or opt out online at www.optoutprescreen.com.
- Shred pre-approved credit card offers and all financial documents with a cross-cut or confetti shredder.
- Mail bills to be paid at the Post Office, not in your mail box with the red flag raised or in street corner postal receptacles.
- Have new boxes of checks sent to the bank/credit union, not your home.
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