Ways to help prevent this from happening to you:
- At home:
- keep your financial records, Social Security and Medicare cards in a safe place
- shred papers with any person information on it.
- get your mail everyday
- As you do business:
- only give your Social Security number if you have to. Always ask if you can somehow else prove your identity.
- don't give your personal information to someone who you don't know
- On the computer:
- use bazaar passwords with numbers and symbols.
- always keep your person information hidden
- use a secure network