Prevent ID Theft in 7 Easy Steps

Check out this helpful video from HowCast, which offers Personal Security and Self Defense videos here. It highlights 7 Easy Steps to Prevent ID Theft:

The most important steps to take to prevent identity theft include:

  •  Watch your wallet: Keep a close eye on your wallet, purse, and other personal belongings at all times.
  • Be careful with your mail: Incoming and outgoing mail includes bank and credit card statements, utility bills, and tax documents with your personal information that is a gold mine to thieves.
  • Beware of phishing: That’s when someone tricks you into providing your personal financial information through scam letters or emails.
  • Beware of skimming: That’s when a clerk swipes your card fraudulently to get your financial information from your debit or credit card.
  • Get a free credit report: Every year you are entitled to a free credit report from each of the national credit bureaus, so request one every four months to keep close tabs on any suspicious activities.
  • Never leave documents lying around: Keep things in a safe place so people like deliverymen with access to your home don’t also help themselves to your personal information.
  • Destroy bills & documents: Always destroy anything that contains personal information discarding it; the easiest way to do this is with a paper shredder.

Following these 7 Easy Steps will help protect you from becoming a victim of identity theft, the fastest growing crime in the country.

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