Preventing Identity Theft

  • Protect your Social Security Number. Limit its use as identification; and never preprint your driver’s license or Social Security number on your checks.
  • Shred unnecessary financial documents, including old bank statements, invoices, and unwanted pre-approved credit offers.
  • If regular bills or statements stop reaching you, take action. Call the company’s customer service number. Someone may have filed a false change-of-address notice to divert your mail.
  • Don’t ignore suspicious charges. If doubtful or unauthorized charges appear on your bills or statements, call immediately to resolve the discrepancy.