Identity Theft Prevention begins with you. Are you taking proper measures to ensure your online data is protected and your confidential information is kept secret?
It is important to always be on guard against all forms of identity theft:
- Beware of fake emails or phone calls from financial institutions or any email that asks for personal information. Only answer correspondence that you initiated.
- Check your bills and statements for unauthorized charges, changes in spending habits, or unusual locations.
- Make sure your account statements arrive when they should.
- Shred credit card applications, important documents, or medical statements. Thieves often go through the trash and can easily steal social security numbers or account numbers.
- Make sure your passwords are difficult -- a combination of letters and numbers. Protect them carefully.
- Check your credit report annually.
- Deposit your paid bills into a protected USPS mailbox instead of leaving them in your personal mailbox where they are available to identity thieves. Or use Online Bill Pay.
If you suspect you may be a victim of identity theft, please contact the appropriate department immediately:
Lost or Stolen Debit Cards: 1-866-820-8859
Lost or Stolen Credit Cards: 1-800-820-4856