Prevent ID Theft
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You’ve worked hard for your creditworthiness… and that makes you a target for identity thieves, who will steal your name, social security number, credit card number or other vital financial information for fraudulent use. Thieves get your information by:
- Stealing wallets, credit cards and ATM cards
- Stealing financial statements from the mail
- Diverting mail by submitting “change of address” forms
- Rummaging through trash
- Stealing personal information from workplace records
- Intercepting information sent through non-encrypted online activity
You’re Not Always Caught in the Web…
Surprisingly, the Internet is not the usual avenue for identity theft. E-Commerce Times reports that dumpster diving and workplace record retrieval remain the most common methods of identity theft. Even so, MCCU recommends shopping only with online merchants who encrypt your personal financial information for secure online transmission.
- Never carry all your identifying information with you. Don’t carry your social security number and birth certificate unless absolutely necessary.
- Keep a list of your credit cards, account numbers and expiration dates in a secure place – NOT your wallet or purse.
- Memorize your personal identification number (PIN) for your ATM card. NEVER write it down on the card or carry it with you.
- Don’t give your credit card number or other personal information over the phone unless you initiate the call.
- Shred all financial documents before discarding them.
- Verify your credit report regularly with the three major credit-reporting bureaus. If you find errors, notify them immediately.