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Identity Theft

Identity Theft is a growing problem nationwide.  Here are some tips to help avoid becoming a victim.

  • Deposit all outgoing mail in mailboxes or in the mailing slots at your local post office.  Never leave payments in your mailbox.  Before going on vacation, notify the post office to hold your mail until you return.

  • Never give out your social security number unless you absolutely have to.  Do not include it on checks.

  • Keep all your personal and account information in a safe place (preferably a lock box).

  • Shred credit card offers and other refuse before throwing them away.

  • Never write your ATM pin on the back of your card or on a piece of paper kept in your purse or wallet.

  • Do not choose a PIN based on your birth date, social security number or any other obvious item.

  • Carry only those credit cards you think you'll need on a given day.

  • Don't give out account numbers over the phone unless you initiated the call.

  • Every year order a copy of your credit report from all three major credit reporting agencies to make sure it is accurate.

Further Resources:

If you are a victim of Id Theft, fill out an ID Theft Affidavit.

You also need to file a police report either with the police department where the crime occurred, or your local police department where you live.

Federal Trade Commission's Identity Theft Information

Identity Theft Resource Center