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How can I protect myself from identity theft?

Make sure that your personal information is as safe as possible.Here are some suggestions:

  • Shred all documents that contain personal information.
  • Remove mail from your mailbox as soon as possible. Keep mail in a safe place in your home.
  • Do not give personal information over the phone or through the mail to anyone you are not sure about.
  • Do not carry your birth certificate or passport with you unless you need it that day.
  • Check your bank and credit card statements regularly.
  • Check your credit report regularly.

To keep your financial information safe:

  • Never lend anyone your credit card or debit card.
  • Do not give anyone your PIN number.
  • When using your credit or debit card in a store, bank machine, or ATM, make sure no one sees your PIN number.
  • Your credit card or debit card should be swiped only once at a checkout. If an employee swipes your card more than
  • Never share personal information on social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Other safety tips include:

  • Do not reply to unusual or suspicious emails.
  • Always use updated virus and antispam protection programs on your computer.
  • Use secure websites when shopping online, or entering personal information on a website. Look for a lock symbol, and "https://" at the start of the site's website address.