- What is identity theft?
- Types of identity theft
- How thieves get your personal information
- Keep important numbers safe
- Keeping prying eyes out
- Keep online transactions safe
- Identity theft warning signs
- What is a fraud alert?
- What is security freeze?
- Resources for more information
- Don't let mail sit in your mailbox. If you're going to be away for more than a day, put in a hold mail request with the U.S. Postal Service.
- Keep track of your receipts. Ask for receipts in retail stores, restaurants, and medical offices, particularly if you use your credit card. Use them to match transactions with your account statements. Dispose of receipts properly, preferably by shredding them.
- Tear up or shred old receipts, credit card offers, account statements, expired credit cards, health insurance EOBs, and any other paperwork that has your personal information printed on it.
- Don't have new checks mailed to your home, especially if they will sit in the mailbox until you get home from work. Have them sent to a local bank branch so you can pick them up.
- Talk with your landlord, employer, healthcare provider, and others who store and access your personal information to ensure they are keeping it safe.
Opt out of pre-approved credit card and insurance offers by calling 1-888-567-8688 or visiting optoutprescreen.com. This service is operated by the three credit reporting agencies. If you choose to opt out, you won't receive credit card offers--but you will also keep them out of the hands of identity thieves.
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