Protect Yourself Against ID Theft
If you have ever had your wallet go missing, you know the sense of stomach-turning panic that ensues. But there’s an even more insidious danger to your well-being: Identity theft. When an identity thief steals your personal information, the resulting havoc can last months, even years. And it can happen to anyone, at almost anytime. ID theft is so prevalent, there’s no ironclad way to keep it from happening to you. But there are some simple things you can do to help protect yourself:
- Think twice before giving out your Social Security number or any personal information. Ask why it’s needed.
- Be cautious any time you are online. Don’t click on links in emails unless you are absolutely sure they are legitimate. Look for “https://” in the Web address and scroll over the lock icon to verify the site’s authenticity.
- Never give out personal or account information to an unsolicited caller or answer a text asking for it.
- Shred documents with personal information (including junk mail with your name and address) prior to recycling or discarding them.
- Visit www.ftc.gov/idtheft for more help, including what to do if you are a victim.