Tip of the
Month from Equifax:
to Help Safeguard Yourself Against Identity Theft
Be careful about
giving out personal information.
Don't disclose your personal information over the phone, Internet, or by
mail for any cause that seems suspicious or confusing.
Protect your mail.
Shred or safely store all personal information. Deposit outgoing mail in
collection boxes and place your mail on hold with the USPS when you go
out of town.
Guard your credit
Minimize the information and number of cards you carry in your wallet,
and if you lose a card, contact the card company as soon as possible.
Also, watch cashiers when they handle your cards.
Pay attention to
Contact creditors immediately if your bills do not arrive. A missing
bill could mean an identity thief has taken over your credit card
account and changed your billing address.
information in your home.
Make sure your personal documents are well-hidden or safely locked away
when a worker enters your home. If you're unable to be there, ask a
friend or roommate to keep watch on your behalf.
Be smart about
passwords and PINs.
Memorize your passwords and personal identification numbers instead of
carrying them with you. Avoid using easily available information like
your mother's maiden name, your birthdate, etc.