Tuesday, September 6, 2011

How Can I Prevent Identity Theft?

There are many things you can do to reduce the risk of identity theft. The following is a quick guide to simple, but important ways to protect yourself and those you care about.

  • Guard your personal information.

  • Take your social security number off your driver's license and checks.

  • Never carry documents containing personal information with you.

  • Secure your mail and trash.

  • Ask for a credit report at least twice a year.

  • Consider removing your name from phone directories.

  • Update computer protection regularly.
Credit reports can be obtained from one of the three major credit bureaus.

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