Identity Theft

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Protect yourself and your assets. Identity Theft can cost you time, money, destroy your credit, and ruin your good name.

Shred Financial Documents: Shred paperwork with personal information before you discard them.

Protect Your Social Security Number: Don’t carry or print your SS # on your checks. Give it out only if absolutely necessary or ask to use another identifier.

Don’t Give Out Personal Information: Unless you know who you are dealing with avoid disclosing personal financial information when using public wireless connections, over the phone, through the mail, or on the internet.

Never Click On Unsolicited Email Links

Use firewalls, anti-spyware, and anti-virus software to protect your home computer and keep them updated. Visit OnGuardOnline.gov for more information.

Create Strong Passwords: Don’t use obvious passwords like your birth date, mother’s maiden name, or the last four digits of your social security number.

Secure Personal Information:  Store information in a secure place at home, especially if you have roommates, employ outside help, or are having work done at your home.

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