Be cautious when sharing your personal information (such as credit cards, Social Security or driver’s license numbers) over the phone, through the mail or online. Verify that you are dealing with a legitimate business.
Be safe online. Do not download a suspicious file or click on a hyperlink to an unfamiliar website.
Limit the number of ID cards, credit cards and checks that you carry. Only carry your Social Security card, birth certificate and/or passport when absolutely necessary.
Guard your checks. Do not leave checks in your car.
Don’t use obvious passwords like your birthdate, Social Security number, phone number or mother’s maiden name.
Keep personal information safe and secure, especially if there are roommates, contractors or others in your home.
Shred any document containing personal information.
Be alert for “shoulder surfers” who stand near ATMs and cell phones to see your ID and PIN numbers.
Review your credit report every year. Monitor accounts, pay attention to billing cycles and any suspicious charges.
Learn more about internet safety.