Identify Theft Prevention
- Protect your Social Security Number.
- Shred documents.
- Do not provide personal information on the phone, internet or by mail to an unknown party or when you have not initiated the contact.
- Ignore unsolicited e-mails.
- Secure personal information at home.
- Monitor consumer credit reports regularly. Review earnings posted on the Social Security Statement (Form SSA 7005).
Bank Card Protection
- Only carry cards that you use.
- Create, strong, secure PlNs.
- Use caution at ATM machines. Be aware of your surroundings.
- Always keep your card in sight.
- Make copies of all cards and keep a list of company contact phone numbers.
- Only use private computers for online purchases.
- Properly dispose of old cards.
- Check your monthly statements and report discrepancies immediately.
Mail, Paper and Media Disposal
- Use a cross-cut type shredder for unwanted documents.
- Avoid using unsecured mailboxes at home or at work.
- Protect account numbers.
- Pick up mail every day or stop delivery. Call U.S. Postal Service at (800) 275-8777
- Have new checks delivered to your local bank branch.
- Minimize junk mail delivery by opting out of unsolicited credit offers
- Call 888-5-OPTOUT or 888-567-8688).
Computer and lnternet Security
- Never respond to Phishing: Forward to email@example.com.
- Use anti-virus, anti-spyware and firewall programs.
- Use caution opening files or downloading programs.
- Beware of hidden file extensions like “.exe” or “.zip.”
- For online transactions, use websites with secure data transfer.
- Secure sites have a lock icon in the browser page and the URL changes from "http" to "https."
- Store personal and financial information on encrypted discs.
- Create complex passwords.
- Minimize disclosure information on social media websites.
- Turn off your computer when it is not in use.