Here are just a few things to consider when trying to better protect your ID from theft and fraud.  Even if you have an identity and credit monitoring service in place, they cannot prevent your identity from being stolen.  They only alert you once it's happened.  

Guard Your Social Security Number

  • Don't take your Social Security card in your own wallet.
  • Provide your Social Security Number (SSN) only when absolutely essential.
  • Inquire the reason why a SSN is desired, that has access to it, and the way it'll be kept private.
  • Don't printing your SSN or driver's permit number on your own checks.

Destroy Files That you do not longer use

  • Shred old bank statements, insurance forms, credit programs, and so on.
  • Subscribe to alerts to understand shred-a-thons in your town, or check our listing of activities.
  • Ruin bills that reveal your credit card number. It is prohibited in NC for a company to print the complete credit-card number on an individual's electronically created invoice.

Monitor Finances

  • Restrict the amount of credit cards you bring.
  • See for lacking expenses and review your monthly statements carefully. Get in touch with your lenders if your bill doesn't appear when anticipated or comprises costs you don't comprehend.
  • Use automated deposit for payroll, social security or another government benefit checks. Phone (800) 333 - 1795 or visit Proceed Immediate, to register for automatic deposit of other government benefit obligations and Social Security inspections.
  • Retain duplicates of credit cards (front and right back) in a secure location in the event a card is misplaced or stolen.
  • Review Benefits Declaration and your Social Security Earnings for mistakes within your annual income. Phone (800) 772 1213, to purchase a declaration.
  • "Opt out" of discussing your non-public personal information or credit history information with several other companies.

View Over Your Credit History

  • You are eligible to a free credit report annually from each national credit bureau. To really receive your free report, visit or telephone 1-877-322-8228. 
  • Every four weeks to monitor your credit throughout the entire year, obtain a complimentary record from a distinct credit bureau.
  • Receive a free Security Freeze
  • Stop identity thieves from obtaining new credit in your name by putting a security freeze on your own credit.
  • All New York consumers are now able to get free security halts on-line. Identity theft victims and seniors too can get free security halts by email or telephone.

Safeguard Passwords

  • Don't take your personal identification numbers (PIN) inside your wallet or bag.
  • Don't reveal PINs or passwords, despite close friends or family members.
  • Avoid using readily accessible information for the PINs or passwords for example your own mom's first name, your or even a household member's birthdate, your SSN or telephone number, or even a string of sequential numbers (i.e., 1, 2, 3, 4).

Take Care Of Your Mail

  • Phone 1 (888) 5-OPTOUT or see to discontinue pre-approved credit card programs that a burglar might steal and utilize to obtain credit in your name.
  • Put outgoing mail into a secured mailbox like a blue postal service container.
  • Don't leave incoming email sitting in an unlocked mailbox.
  • Cut back on spam by contacting the Direct-marketing Association.

Guard Your Information Online

  • Watch out for phishing, e-mails that promise to originate from a financial institution, ISP, company or charity and request you to support your private details or account quantity. Forward the e-mail to
  • Never deliver your SSN or financial account numbers by e-mail or transfer these numbers on the web unless utilizing a protected site or encoding applications.
  • Shop only on study site privacy guidelines, and safe sites

Watch out for Scams and Ripoffs

  • Never provide private info to telemarketers who call you to the telephone. To reduce unwanted telemarketing calls, subscribe to the Don't Call Registry on the internet or phone (888) 382-1222.
  • Doublecheck referrals for door-to-door revenue, home fix offers as well as additional products.
  • Check that charities, companies and many others who contact you are who they state to become before you supply any private information. Say goodbye, if you believe the petition for info is legitimate and contact the organization in several you realize is legitimate to check the petition.
  • Subscribe to notifications to learn concerning the most recent ripoffs.