Protect Yourself from Identity Theft
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TAKE ACTION TODAY
- Use a paper shredder for important documents like credit applications, credit offers, insurance forms, physician statements, bank statements, and expired charge cards.
- Deposit outgoing mail in collection boxes located inside the post office.
- Promptly remove mail from your home or business mailbox.
- Don't carry your Social Security card with you.
- Keep personal information in a safe and secure location at home.
- Don't give out personal information on the phone, through the mail, or on the Internet unless you've initiated the contact or are sure you know with whom you are dealing.
- Create passwords that are random combinations of numbers, symbols, and both upper- and lowercase letters.
- Order a free copy of your credit report every 12 months. Do not use a public computer or one at the library. Shared computers may inadvertently help share your credit report information with others. Only access your report online via your own computer.
- Check your online bank statement on a regular basis.
- 9.9 million adults are victims of identity fraud annually.
- Nearly $50 billion is stolen from victims of identity theft every year.
- $4,849 is the average fraud amount per fraud victim.
- 25 hours per victim is the average time required to resolve identity theft and its consequences.
- 2.7 million experience a PIN compromise on either their ATM/debit or credit cards.
- Women are 26% more likely to be victims of identity fraud than men.
- 78% of identity information is obtained through traditional methods, such as lost or stolen wallets; misappropriation by family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors; and stolen mail or trash.