Identity theft is a horrible problem. Those who identities are stolen must go through so much legwork just to get their lives back on track. The worst part about identity theft is the fact that so many people believe that it could never happen to them. In all honesty, they could be no further from the truth. More than 500,000 American citizens' identities are stolen per year, and we've written this article to provide some tips when it comes to protecting your identity.
– First and foremost, you need to make sure that you keep your social security number safe. Your credit reports and bank accounts are linked to your social security number, and if an identity thief has that information, their work is made a lot easier.
– Next, you need to regularly monitor your credit report. It contains all the information that you need when it comes to determining whether or not someone has stolen your identity. Bank statements, account closings and openings, as well as your account numbers are located on your credit report, and it can be a great tool to defend against identity theft.
– When you get offers for credit cards and bank accounts in the mail, it is important to shred them immediately. They contain information about you and if they are not properly destroyed, would-be thieves can easily send in the information to create an account for themselves, wreaking havoc upon your financial records. Be sure to use a shredder that employs a cross-cutting technique, as they are much more capable when it comes to destroying documents.
– Only carry credit cards and other cards with your personal information with you when it is absolutely necessary. Things happen, and you may lose your wallet or purse. You do not want to put all your eggs in one basket; A found wallet can provide an identity thief with all they need to steal your information.
Following these steps can be a great way of protecting oneself against the perils of identity theft. It's a problem that can stick with you and your credit score for life, so it is great importance to keep your information safe.