Unfortunately in today’s society, we have to take precautions with our identity. We may be aware of the dangers, but, when is the last time you reminded your loved ones to be cautious? There are plenty of people out there that are ready to take advantage of your parents or grandparents, so it’s a good idea to remind them regularly how to best protect their identity. Here are some tips:
- Do not give Social Security, bank account or credit card information over the phone. If you receive a phone call from someone requesting any personal information, ask them for the name of the company they are calling from, look up the number for that institution and call them back.
- Shred personal documents that contain Social Security numbers, bank account information, credit cards numbers, etc. If you do not have a shredder, tear the documents in pieces, be certain that account information is torn in half, and discard in separate receptacles.
- Limit the number of credit cards you carry, and never carry your Social Security card together with your Driver’s License.
- Protect your Social Security number, avoid using it whenever possible, and never print it on your checks.
- Monitor your bank and credit card accounts carefully so you will know if something is missing, or if there has been an unauthorized purchase made.
- Never send credit card information through an email. Email is not secure. Send credit card information only through a secure online order form. Review the image below to see how to determine whether or not an online order form is secure:
Help keep your loved ones safe. Society is not what it was 40 years ago, and these simple reminders just might prevent your loved one from experiencing the consequence of identity theft.
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