The thought of someone stealing something tangible from you is frightening. The thought of someone stealing your identity can be even more so. The fact is, should someone steal your identity, its after-effects can haunt you for years to come. It’s truly devastating. Often times, the victims of identity theft don’t even know their personal information has been compromised until it’s too late. There’s a variety of ways you can protect yourself:
Do not disclose personal information to strangers via the Internet, telephone, applications or through the mail unless you initiated the contact.
Order a copy of your credit report from each of the three credit bureaus at least once a year.
Install firewall and anti-virus software on all your computers.
Never leave outgoing mail in your mailbox, especially with checks enclosed.
Pay attention to your bank and credit card statements and examine the activity for unauthorized charges.
Limit the items you carry with you, for example don’t carry your Social Security card or Birth Certificate on your person.
The Glendale Police Department Community Action Teams want you to know that shredding old and unwanted documents has become a vital part of protecting yourself from data and identity theft.