Protect Your Identity

Protect Your Identity


The FBI says identity theft is the fastest growing white-collar crime in the nation. It involves criminally using another individuals personal identifiers, which are acquired through various means, including one’s own mail box. The identity thief needs only to get your name, address and bank credit cards account numbers or your social security number, etc. to take over your identity. The crook can then change your address, open new accounts at banks and credit card companies in your name and deplete your funds, running up huge credit card balances in generally creating havoc with your good name and credit rating. Here are a few pointers to help you avoid becoming a victim:

  • Do not reveal personal identifiers unless you know how they will be used or shared.
  • Deposit outgoing mail at the post office and remove delivered mail immediately.
  • Carry only the identification and bank credit cards you actually need.
  • Do not give out personal data over the phone, through the mail or on the internet unless you have initiated the contact.
  • Shred or tear up your charge receipts, credit card solicitations, expired cards, statements, checks, or other sensitive personal information.
  • Give your Social Security number only when absolutely necessary. Ask to use other identifier.

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