Check your credit reports regularly for identity theft indicators, such as accounts, addresses and employers that aren't yours.
- Know which billing statements you expect to receive every month, and, if you are missing one, contact the company right away.
- Switch to online or “paperless” statements from your financial institutions, especially if you do not receive mail at a secure mailbox.
- Check your account statements as soon as they arrive in the mail or online for any activity that isn’t yours.
- Shred your canceled or voided checks.
Use PINs and passwords with numbers, symbols and upper and lowercase letters that are difficult to guess.
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