How to prevent identity theft!

How can I protect my identity?

Protect your personal information. That helps you protect your identity. Here are some things you can do:

  • At home:
    • keep your financial records, Social Security and Medicare cards in a safe place
    • shred papers that have your personal or medical information
    • take mail out of your mailbox as soon as you can
  • As you do business:
    • only give your Social Security number if you must. Ask if you can use another kind of identification
    • do not give your personal information to someone who calls you or emails you
  • On the computer:
    • use passwords that are not easy to guess. Use numbers and symbols when you can
    • do not respond to emails or other messages that ask for personal information
    • do not put personal information on a computer in a public place, like the library

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