Identity Theft Protection
Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes. It occurs when someone steals personal information such as your Social Security card or driver’s license and uses it to establish credit by applying for loans or credit cards or even attempting to withdraw money from your account. The following are some tips on how to protect your best asset – your identity:
- Don't carry your Social Security card, passport, or birth certificate with you, except when necessary.
- Don't give out your Social Security number, mother’s maiden name, or any account information over the phone unless you’re sure the caller is legitimate.
- Don't have your Social Security or Drivers License number printed on your checks.
- Never use your Social Security number as identification.
- Review bank and credit card statements immediately and report any unauthorizied purchases or activity.
- Call your credit card company if your card has expired and you have not received your new one.
- Don't leave paid bills in your mailbox. Identity thieves may take them. Put them in a post office collection box.
- Shred all documents that have personal information including old checks and unused credit card checks.
- Have check re-orders mailed directly to the credit union and pick up in person.
Postel Family takes identity theft very serious and it is our commitment to do everything possible to protect your personal information. If you ever have any questions or concerns, please contact us immediately.