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How to Protect Yourself Against Identity Theft

Here are some practical steps you can take to safeguard your personal information and reduce the risk of identity theft.

  • Obtain and review your credit report annually from all three credit bureaus.  You are entitled to order one free credit report from each of the three nationwide credit bureaus once a year.  You can order by calling 1-877-322-8228 or logging onto www.AnnualCreditReport.com
  • Don’t give your Social Security Number, credit card number or any account details over the phone or online unless you initiated the call and know the business is reputable.
  • Promptly remove incoming mail from your mailbox.
  • If your Social Security Number is being used for identification purposes, request another method of identification.
  • Don’t record passwords on paper.
  • Don’t leave receipts containing your full account number at ATMs or unattended gas pumps.
  • Check your monthly statements to verify all transactions.
  • Report lost or stolen cards immediately.
  • Sign all new credit cards upon receipt.
  • Be aware of others nearby when entering your PIN.
  • Shred all personal and financial information.

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Last updated on: December 5, 2011