accounts. Make up a fictitious word.
Get a post office box or a locked mailbox, if you possibly can.
Ask all financial institutions, doctors' offices, etc., what they do with your private information and make sure that they shred it and protect your information. Tell them why.
Empty your wallet of all extra credit cards and social security numbers, etc. Do not carry any identifiers you do not need. Don't carry your birth certificate, social security card, or passport, unless necessary.
Memorize social security numbers and passwords.
Never give out any of your personal information to callers over the phone. If callers tell you they are a credit grantor of yours call them back at the number that you know is the true number, and ask for that party to discuss personal information. Provide only information that you belive is absolutely necessary.
Do not put your social security number on your checks or your credit receipts. If a business requests your social security number, give them an alternate number and tell them why.
Do not put your telephone number on your checks.
Get credit cards and business cards with your picture on them.
Do not put your credit card account number on the Internet (unless it is encrypted on a secured site.) Don't put account numbers on the outside of envelopes, or on your checks.
When you are asked to identify yourself at schools, employers, or any other kind of institutional identification, ask to have an alternative to your social security number.
In conjunction with a credit card sale do not put your address, telephone number, or driver's license number on the statement.
Monitor all your bank statements from every credit card every month. Check to see if there is anything that you do not recognize and call the credit grantor to verify that it is truly yours.
Order your credit report at least twice a year. Review it carefully. If you see anything that appears fraudulent, immediately put a fraud alert on your reports.
Immediately correct all mistakes on your credit reports in writing. Send those letters Return Receipt Requested, and identify the problems item by item with a copy of the credit report back to the credit reporting agency. You should hear from them within 30 days.
Take your name off all promotional lists. Call the three credit reporting agency numbers to opt out of pre-approved offers.
Use locking devices on windows.
Do not hide a key outside.
Do not leave newspapers or mail in plain sight where they can give the apperance of absence.
Install an alarm.
Lock fence gates.
Close your garage door.
Leave a light or radio on in the house.
Know the serial numbers on your valuables.
Decline in grades.
Change in friends.
Keeping late hours.
Having large sums of money or expensive items which cannot be explained.
Gang graffiti in the bedroom on walls, books and posters.
Wearing gang colors.
Using hand signals to communicate to other gang members.
Having photos showing gang names, slogans or activities.
Identity Theft Prevention
Buy a cross-cut type shredder. Shred all your important papers and especially pre-approved credit applications received in your name and other financial information that provides access to your private information. Don't forget to shred your credit card and pay-check receipts.
Convert to online bill paying and direct deposit. Most banks and Credit Unions offer these paperless services free of charge.
Be careful at ATMs and using Phone Cards. "Shoulder Surfers" can get your PIN number and gain access to your accounts.
Have your new blank checks deliviered to your bank - not your home address.
Do not put checks in the mail from your home mailbox. Drop them off at a U.S. Mailbox or the U.S. Post Office. Mail theft is common.
When you order new credit cards in the mail, or your previous ones have expired, watch the calendar to make sure that you get the card within the appropriate time. If it is not recieved by the date due, call the credit card grantor immediatedly and find out if the card was sent.
Cancel all credit cards that you do not use or have not used in 6 months. Open credit is a prime target.
Use unusual passwords on all your
Park in a well-lighted area.
Lock all of your doors.
Never leave your keys in your car.
Shut the windows tightly.
Never leave the car running unattended.
Don't conceal a spare key.
Use a visible steering wheel locking device.
Use a fuel or ignition shut off device.
Use an alarm system.
Don't leave valuables in plain view.
Park in your garage if possible.
Keep your driver's license and registration with you.
Drive with windows rolled up and doors locked.
Avoid high crime areas, especially late at night.
Be aware of your surroundings.
If confronted by someone with a weapon, do not resist.
When approaching your car, have your keys in hand and ready.
Visually check the interior of the car before getting in.
Leave distance between your car and the one in front of you for an escape.
If bumped by a vehicle, pull into a populated, well-lighted area.
Don't walk alone at night if possible.
Avoid shortcuts through isolated areas.
If alone, walk with confidence.
Avoid groups of loiterers.
Walk in the middle of the sidewalk, especially at night
Walk to populated areas if you are being followed.
Never open your home's door to a stranger.
Verify all service calls with identification cards.
If confronted with a weapon do not resist.
Use only well-lighted machines in public view.
Try not to use ATMs after dark.
Be wary of strangers in the area.
Do your business quickly and immediately put your cash away.
Stand sideways at the machine, never with your back to the street.
Be alert to your surroundings.
Always keep all doors/windows locked whether you're at home or not.
Use double deadbolt locks on all exterior doors.
Have key locks on sliding glass doors.