Identity theft is a growing concern for many people.
Spotlighted often on the news and shows like Dateline,
identity theft is a very scary subject and can cause
the victim all kinds of emotional pain and financial
Identity theft can occur in numerous ways such as by
someone using your social security number, checks,
credit cards, drivers license and much more.
Luckily, there are many easy tips you can use to keep
yourself more secure. By no means will they be
completely effective but they can make you less likely
to be a random victim.
Documents are the biggest problem for most people.
From bank statements to medical bills, you get mail
constantly that is full of your personal information.
You'd think in this computer-centric world, they could
finally put a stop to all of these paper bills and
documents and just send you everything electronically
but that's not going to happen yet.
Until it does, make sure you shred everything that has
your personal information on it. This can be a
daunting task to do by hand so an electric shredder is
the best way to go.
The shredded paper is great for rodent bedding if you
have children with small pets or want a pet.
In addition to documents, there are many things that
should be common knowledge but can be overlooked.
Never carry your checkbook, birth certificate, or
social security card in your wallet or purse.
Checks are absolutely horrible.
They not only have your personal information, they
have your bank account number and routing number right
there. Some people even put their social security
number right on the check!!
DO NOT do that. A little common sense and knowledge
can go a long way in protecting you from identity