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Fraud Prevention Tips

Follow these tips to help protect yourself from fraud.

  • Carry only necessary information with you. Leave your social security card and unused credits cards at home in a safe and secure location.
  • Make photocopies of vital information you carry regularly and store them in a secure place, such as a safety deposit box.
  • Do not provide your Social Security number unless absolutely necessary.
  • Replace paper invoices, statements and checks with electronic versions, if offered by your employer, bank, utility provider or merchant.
  • Shred documents containing personal or financial information before discarding. Most fraud and identity theft incidents happen as a result of mail and garbage theft.
  • Review your credit report at least once a year, looking for suspicious or unknown transactions. You can get a free credit report once a year from each of the three major credit bureaus at For a small fee you can obtain a copy at any time directly from:
  • Place outgoing mail in a U.S. Postal Service mailbox to reduce the chance of mail theft.
  • Promptly retrieve incoming mail to limit the opportunity for theft.
  • Know your billing and statement cycles. Contact the company’s customer service department if you stop receiving your regular bill or statement.

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September 26, 2008 Posted by | advice, cyber crime, e-mail, how to, Internet scam, phraud, privacy, security | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment