Protect Your Identity

Each year, millions of Americans fall victim to identity theft. Identity theft has been the #1 complaint received by the Federal Trade Commission for the past five years. It can wreak havoc with your finances, credit history and reputation, and can take time, money and patience to resolve. While you can’t prevent identity theft entirely, you can minimize your risk by managing your personal information wisely, cautiously and with awareness.

Here are a few basic steps you can take to avoid becoming a victim of identity theft:

  • Do not share personal information unless you initiated the call/email or know with whom you are dealing
  • Carry a minimum amount of identifying information and credit cards with you--no Social Security card
  • Delete phishing emails
    • Don’t open files
    • Don’t click on links
    • Don’t download programs sent by strangers (or even people you know unless you’re expecting it)
  • Avoid sending personal information over a public wireless network
  • Store sensitive documents in a safe place
    • Shred old statements
    • Shred credit offers
    • Opt out by of prescreened offers by calling 1-888-567-8688
  • Contact us if you don’t receive your statements
  • Take your paid bills to the post office or use Online Bill Pay
  • Destroy digital data on a computer or hard drive before disposal
  • Order a copy of your credit report every year (AnnualCreditReport.com)

If you suspect someone is using your personal information, acting quickly is the best way to limit damage. Follow our step-by-step guide to reporting identity theft to minimize this damage.

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