|Quoting Itsjustme (Reply 4):|
Just a couple tips on guarding against ID theft: Don't leave any outgoing mail in your mailbox that contains any sensitive information. You'd be surprised how many people will write a check to pay a credit card bill and then leave it in their mailbox for the letter carrier to pick up. You're providing a thief with not only your credit card number, but your bank acct. number as well. Speaking of checks, to guard against check fraud, when having your checks printed, don't have your full name printed on them. If your name is Jonathan Paul Blowmanose, have J.P. Blowmanose printed on the check but sign your name as you normally would. Also, spend $20 or so for a shredder, and shred any papers that contain personal data. ID thieves aren't above doing a trash pull to snatch papers that might contain soc sec #'s, drivers lic. #'s, etc... Also, make a photo copy (front and back) of everything in your wallet and store it in a safe place. This way, should your wallet be lost or stolen, you'll know exactly what cards and account numbers need to be canceled and replaced.