Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft

Home Security Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft

Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in America. Here are a few things you can do to protect yourself :

  • Never give out personal information.
  • Shred or otherwise destroy unused credit card offers and old statements.
  • Store personal information and statements in a safe place.
  • Protect PINs and passwords.
  • Promptly remove incoming mail.
  • Pay attention to billing cycles. Contact appropriate entity if you don't get a bill or statement.
  • Review checking and credit card statements immediately and contact regarding any questionable transactions.
  • If you think you have been a victim call the Federal Trade Commission's Identity Theft Hotline at 1-877-ID-THEFT (438-4338).
  • Do not e-mail account numbers for security reasons.
  • For additional assistance contact us at (815) 493-2631.