Identity Theft Tips

  • Don’t give out personal information without knowing who you’re dealing with.
  • Shred your garbage! Papers such as bills, ATM receipts, account statements, store receipts, prescreened credit card offers, and any other documents containing personal information.
  • Don’t use your home mailbox or an out-basket at work to mail correspondence or bills that contain personal information.
  • Pay attention to billing cycles. If your bills don’t arrive on time, contact creditors.
  • Don’t put your Social Security number on checks and don’t carry the card in your wallet.
  • Before ordering online, check out the business’ privacy policy and only order from secure servers (the URL says “https” instead of “http” on the checkout screen).
  • Look over your statements each month for unauthorized charges or suspicious activity.
  • If  checks you ordered don’t arrive when expected, notify the credit union.
  • Make a copy of financial and insurance cards you carry in your wallet (front and back) and keep it in a safe place. If your wallet is lost or stolen you’ll have all the information you need to promptly and accurately report the loss.

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