7 Identity Protection Tips

Precautions and Advice to protect yourself from identity theft.

  • Do not sign the back of your credit cards, instead put "Photo ID Required"

  • When writing checks, if possible, use only the last four digits of the account number. This prevents others from discovering your account numbers.

  • Use work phone numbers on your check instead of your home phone. Use another address such as a PO Box or work address on your check to prevent other from finding out where you live. Never have your social security number printed on your checks.

  • Make a photocopy of the contents of your wallet so you know what is inside. Be sure to get both the front and back of your credit card and ID. Ensure you have all of the account and phone numbers to report a missing or stolen card. A photocopy of your passport would also be good to have.

  • Keep a copy of the toll free phone number and account number to cancel all of your cards in a safe place where you can find them.

  • If your purse or wallet is stolen, file a police report immediately in jurisdiction where it was stolen. This may helpful in proving to credit providers you were diligent and starts the investigation process.

  • Also in the event that you suspect your wallet or purse was stolen, call each of the three credit bureaus and social security administration to have a fraud alert on your name. This prevents a thief from getting new credit in your name.

Fraud Alert Phone Numbers: * Equifax: 1-800-525-6285 * Experian: 1-888-397-3742 * TransUnion: 1-800-680-7289 * Social Security Administration: 1-800-269-0271