Anyone with enough of your personal information could access your accounts, steal your money and wreck your credit. Don’t let identity theft happen to you – take steps to help protect yourself before it’s too late.
Don’t leave a paper trail.
If you stop receiving your regular bill or statement, contact the company immediately. Be sure to review your credit report at least once a year.
Stay on guard over the phone
Never provide personal information during an unsolicited phone call. If you are uncomfortable with a phone call that was not initiated by you, hang up!
Prepare for the worst
Make photocopies of the contents of your wallet. If your purse or wallet is lost or stolen, you’ll have contact information and account numbers readily available.