Thieves can get your personal information right outside your front door. Protect your personal information by following these simple steps:
- Be careful of "dumpster driving," or individuals who search through dumpsters to obtain discarded credit card offers, bank statements, or other important financial documents.
- Shred all documents that contain personal information before throwing them away such as bank statements, credit card statements, offers and receipts containing your credit card number.
- Do not send mail using your unsecured mailbox. If you have payments to send, mail them at your local post office.
- Have your personal checks delivered to your bank, not your home address.
As a general rule, do not give money or personal information to those who solicit directly to you by mail or phone. When telephoned, always ask for the name of the organization, the name of the individual on the phone, and a callback number. If they are legitimate, they will readily provide this information.