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Tips for Protecting Your Personal Information

  • Carry only necessary identification. Do not carry your Social Security card with you.
  • Shred unnecessary financial documents immediately (including instant credit offers).
  • Do not provide your Social Security number unless it is absolutely necessary and you have verified the authenticity of the recipient.
  • Be cautious of phone and door-to-door solicitations.
  • Do not provide personal information unless you have initiated the contact and have confirmed the business or person’s identity.
  • Confirm the validity of all requests for sensitive personal, financial, or account information.
  • Don’t leave personal information in your automobile.
  • Make copies of all the information that you carry daily, such as credit cards and insurance cards, and keep them in a secure place.
  • Collect your mail promptly. Use U.S. Postal Service mailboxes for outgoing mail when possible.
  • Inspect all of your banking and credit card accounts regularly and report any suspicious activity immediately.
  • Check your credit report at least once per year.