Do not carry
extra credit cards, your Social Security card, passport or birth
certificate except when absolutely necessary.
Install a locked mailbox at your
residence or use a post office box to reduce the chance of mail
Pick up new checks at your bank.
Do not leave paid bills in your mailbox
for the postal carrier to pick up.
Ask your financial institutions to add
extra security protection to your account. Most will allow you to
use an additional code when accessing your account.
Protect your Social Security Number (SSN)
at all costs. Do not let merchants write your SSN on your checks.
Request merchants to use other forms of identification.
Never allow credit card numbers to be
written on your checks.
Do not use your birth date or mother’s
maiden name as PIN numbers or passwords.
Remove your name from the marketing lists
of the three credit reporting bureaus – Equifax, Experian, and Trans
Union. This will reduce the number of pre-approved credit offers
you receive in the mail.
Shred all paperwork with financial and
personal information on it before throwing it in the garbage.