Identity theft is as common as ever today. If you get a call from an unknown number, get asked for information you normally wouldn’t give out or even make a purchase with someone standing behind you, it’s hard not to think that you’re being targeted.
There are steps you can take to protect yourself from identity thieves. Here are just a few ways you can protect yourself:
- Don’t write down personal information. Writing down card PINs, social security numbers or passwords makes it easy for a thief to get into your secure accounts.
- Be cautious of who you give information to. Question why a person is asking for your card number or social security number. If you don’t feel comfortable, don’t do it.
- Check your bills. Make sure the charges that appear on your monthly statements are actually yours. Report any odd purchases immediately.
- Be unique. Don’t use birthdays for PINs, repeated passwords or anything that ties back to another account. That makes it easier for thieves to guess, or for them to access multiple accounts with one password.
These are just a few steps you can take, but they go a long way to protecting you. All are equally important and can prevent you from becoming a victim.