Identity Theft

  • Guard personal information. Shred old checks and receipts, bank and credit card statements, credit card applications, credit cards, insurance forms, and any other documents with personal or account information that you are discarding.
  • Protect your mail. Use a locking mailbox. Deposit payments at the local post office or hand deliver them to a mail carrier.
  • Never keep an ATM card and the PIN (Personal Identification Number) together. Do not allow anyone to help you enter a PIN or conduct a transaction at an ATM.
  • Carry only those credit cards that you actually need.
  • Protect your driver license and social security number. Notify the and/or the Social Security Administration if either of these documents is lost or stolen.
  • Review monthly bank and credit card statements carefully each month. Report any suspicious activity on an account immediately.