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Posted on: June 22, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Deterring Identity Theft

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Deterring Identity Theft

Identity theft occurs when a person’s personal information (name, address, bank account number, credit card number, telephone number) is stolen and used to commit fraud or other crimes.  Identity theft can have a high cost in money lost and time spent, and can destroy your credit and good name.  Here are a few ways to avoid it happening to you:

SHRED – financial documents and paperwork with personal information before discarding them.

PROTECT – your Social Security number.  Don’t carry your Social Security card with you.  Ask to use

                      another identifier when filling out forms. 

DON’T GIVE OUT – personal information over the phone, through the mail or over the internet UNLESS

                                      you know who you are dealing with. 

NEVER CLICK – on links in unsolicited emails.  Hover your curser over the link; the pop-up box should

                             confirm the link’s address, if it doesn’t, it may be a phishing attempt.  Use anti-virus and

                                anti-spyware on your computer.  

DON’T USE – an obvious password that includes personal information like birth dates, names and

                          addresses. 

KEEP – your personal information in a secure place at home. 

Stay safe.

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