Protect Yourself From Identity Theft
Be on guard, Identity thieves are creating new ways of obtaining personal information every day. When your personal identification is used by some other person to get credit, loans or other monitory services wrongfully, it is called Identity theft. They can even use your identity for mortgage or rentals. There are even chances of committing crimes using your identity.
Identity theft is such a frightening experience that you may not be aware of it for months, when it is going on with you. There are many ways to steal your private information. Anyone who has access to your personal identification information specially your loan officer, insurance agent, school authority, lawyer, doctor can steal your identity. Be aware not to lose your wallet to become sufferer of identity theft. To protect yourself from identity theft and keep your privacy intact here are some suggestions for you.
1. Shred all important papers after use, especially credit card receipt so that no one can get access to your private information.
2. Do not throw anything without shredding. Don’t become victim of anyone else who can claim himself as you.
3. Handle your ATM card and phone cards with great care. If any cheater get holds of your pin number, he can easily get access to your account.
4. Get your checks and draft delivered to your bank – not to office or home address.
5. Cancel those credit cards which are not in use because thieves target this kind of open credit easily.
6. Do not mail checks from your local mail box. Try to mail it from main post office. Mail theft is done easily by changing recipient’s name with chemical wash.
7. While ordering for new credit card, make sure it reaches you in time. If it gets misplaced, it can land you into trouble.
8. Memorize your password and don’t store it in your mobile.
9. Don’t give detailed information about yourself to anyone on phone unless you know him personally.
10. Don’t write your phone number on checks.
Be extremely careful while handling your account, all private information must remain safe.