How Safe Are You From Identity Theft?
If you have read prior posts on this website, then your answer might be different than if you were to just read this question for the first time. “How safe are you from identity theft” poses some questions for thought:
-Do you just throw away documents that contain your personal information, rather than shredding or burning them?
-When you travel, do you allow your mail to be delivered and sit in your mailbox while you are gone?
-When you are at home, is your mail delivered to an accessible mailbox that any passer by can take from?
-Is your name still on the lists of pre-approved credit companies?
-Do you send mail from your unlocked mailbox?
-Do you provide your social security number to employers, doctor’s offices?
-Do you carry several credit cards in your wallet?
-Do you carry your social security card in your wallet?
-Do you ever give out your social security number where others can hear you?
-Do you make online purchases?
-Have you ever used a credit or debit card to purchase goods or services?
-Do you keep checks in your purse or wallet?
-Do you keep your important documents at home in an unlocked area where anyone can get to them?
-Do you have website passwords that are easy to guess or easy for someone else to find and use to get to sensitive information?
-Have you allowed the past few years to go by without checking your credit report?
-Do you have a social security number?
Answering “yes” to these and many other questions puts you at very high risk for identity theft. There is no end to the countless stories about identity theft and how victims have been affected. The sad truth is that it will continue to happen for some time to come. What we do to protect ourselves is very instrumental in preventing this crime from growing.
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