Tips How To Prevent Identity Theft Offline

Friday, March 16, 2012, 2:00 AM | 1 Comment

Identity theft is not just a high-tech crime that can happen only online. Your identity may be stolen even if you never spend any time on the Internet. It’s extremely important to take precautions to prevent identity theft offline. Here are some ways you can protect your identity and confidential information when dealing your business offline:

  • Open all bills and bank statements when received and review for possible fraudulent charges or activity.

  • If a regular bill fails to reach you, call the company to find out why. Someone may have filed a false change-of-address form to divert your information to his/her address.

  • Make sure your postal mailbox is secure, and don’t leave outgoing bills in a public location for the postman to collect.

  • Check your credit report for unauthorized activity and incorrect information. The three major credit bureaus are required by law to provide you with a free credit report once a year at your request. You may also request as free credit report annually at Annual Credit Report.
    Invest in a cross-cut document shredder and use it to destroy old statements, bills, receipts and pre-approved credit card offers before discarding them.

  • Never carry your Social Security card or number in your wallet or purse. Banks recommend this but on my Social Security Card, it says to always carry it. My card was issued in early 70s.

  • Carry only the credit/debit cards you need.

  • Never write your ATM and/or credit card PIN on the cards.
    Choose PINs that are not part of your Social Security number, date of birth, street address, phone number, etc.

  • Be aware of anyone attempting to get your PIN by shoulder surfing at an ATM or in-store credit/debit card scanner.

  • Never use your Social Security number, telephone or drivers license number on checks.

  • Never give out personal or financial information to solicitors via phone. If you are asked for this information, tell the caller that you will call the company back at a known phone number to confirm the inquiry is legitimate.

In a Nutshell
By following the above suggestions, you should be able to prevent identity theft offline.

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  1. One Response to “Tips How To Prevent Identity Theft Offline”

  2. By ROSELLARusso on Mar 16, 2012, 3:11 am | Reply

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