Theft Security Tips
As our identity theft
prevention program develops, we’ve included eight (8) specific
tips in this month’s update to consider in helping with the
prevention of identity theft through one’s everyday
activities. By incorporating these eight (8) tips into daily
routines, one can significantly decrease his/her chances of
falling victim to this growing crime.
Be inquisitive before providing anyone with your personal
information, especially your Social Security Number. Find out
if a substitute I.D. # can be utilized for identification
purposes instead of a Social Security Number.
Pay close attention to billing cycles and contact creditors
immediately if your bills do not arrive on time.
Carry only the absolute necessities in your wallet.
Do not print more than your name and address on checks.
Make sure that all credit card receipts, copies of credit
applications, insurance forms, bank checks and credit card
offers received in the mail are disposed of properly.
Consider purchasing a personal document shredder to destroy
credit card offers and other personal items that are
unnecessary to keep.
Refrain from giving personal information out over the phone
unless you have initiated the call.
- Check your credit report regularly. To obtain your credit
report, you can call the toll free numbers or visit the web
sites listed below:
Equifax: (800) 525-6285 www.equifax.com
Experian: (888) 397-3742 www.experian.com
TransUnion: (800) 680-7289
Practicing these preventive tips will help thwart identity
thieves and make you more aware of the surroundings around you.
A proactive approach to fighting identity theft will help you
eliminate aggravation and stress, and will save you time and
money in the long run.
For further information, contact Louis P. Stanasolovich, CFPÔ
at (412) 635-9210 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.