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Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

There are some simple steps you can take to reduce or minimize the risk of becoming a victim of identity theft.

Practise Safe Internet Use
Delete spam emails that ask for personal information, and keep your anti-virus and anti-spyware software up-to-date. Shop online only with secure web pages (check the bottom of your browser for an image of a lock or look for “https” in the address bar). Never send credit card numbers, identity card numbers and other personal information via email.

Destroy Private Records
Tear up or shred credit card statements; ATM, credit, or debit card receipts; bank deposit receipts; loan solicitations; and other documents that contain private financial information.

Secure Your Mail
Empty your mailbox quickly and get a mailbox lock. When mailing bill payments and checks, consider dropping them off at the post office or a secure mailbox.

Check Your Credit Report
At least once a year, obtain and review your consumer credit data for suspicious activity. You can obtain your data by contacting credit reference agencies.

Beware of Scams
Always be careful with your private information. Never give out personal information to telemarketers or respond to emails from someone claiming to represent your bank, credit card issuer, a government agency, a charity or other organization. If you think the request is legitimate, contact the company directly to confirm their claims.