- Be extremely protective of your PIN numbers, especially at ATMs. Try to memorize your PIN number, but if you have to write it down, don’t write it on your ATM card or leave it in your wallet or purse.
- Change passwords often.
- Remove mail from your mailbox promptly. If you suddenly stop receiving mail, call the post office immediately. Crooks can forge your signature to have your mail forwarded elsewhere, then obtain information that will allow them to apply for credit in your name.
- Refuse to give your credit card number or other personal information to an unsolicited caller.
- Tear up or shred credit card receipts, unused loan applications and any other items with personal information before throwing them into the trash. Thieves often go through garbage.
- Obtain a copy of your credit report regularly to check for fraudulent accounts and other information. Report all errors to the credit bureau.
- Report stolen credit cards immediately.
- Take the time to carefully review all of your bank and credit card statements and other bills. Report any inconsistencies at once.
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