Tips to Avoid Identity Theft
Keep the following tips in mind to make sure that you don't become a victim:
Check your credit report at least twice a year.
Shred all personal documents with a crosscut shredder before you throw them out.
Don't leave incoming mail in your mailbox overnight.
Deposit outgoing mail that contains any personal information at the post office or other safe, closed location.
When selecting your PIN, don't use information such as your birthday, social security number, phone number or address.
Make a copy of everything in your wallet, front and back, and keep it in a secure location.
Don't leave personal information in your vehicle.
Always take your ATM or store receipts with you.
Never give personal information over the phone to people you are not familiar with.
Never open email attachments from people you do not know.
Never shared personal information over email, even if you believe it's been requested by a legitimate company.