Hon. Kenneth W. Boulden, Jr.
Clerk of the Peace
A DOZEN WAYS TO PREVENT IDENTITY THEFT
• Shred all unnecessary documents containing personal information. Shred credit card offers and
“convenience checks” that you don’t use. Shred all credit card and bank statements except the most
• Do not carry your Social Security card with you. Minimize the identification information and the
number of credit cards you carry with you. Give your Social Security number only when absolutely
• Destroy old or expired credit cards. Close all inactive credit card and bank accounts.
• For ATM and debit cards, choose a PIN different from your address, telephone number, date of birth, or
the last four digits of your Social Security number.
• Memorize your PIN. Do not write it on your ATM or debit card, or keep it written on a piece of paper
somewhere in your wallet or purse.
• Keep personal information in a safe place. If you employ outside help or are having service work done
in your home, please keep your personal information secure and out of sight.
• Do not give out personal information over the telephone, through the mail, or over the Internet
you have initiated contact, or know the business with which you are dealing.
• Order a FREE copy of your credit report from one of the three major credit reporting agencies (Equifax,
Experian and Trans Union) each year. Order your FREE annual credit reports by phone, toll free at 1-
877-322-8228 or online at www.annualcreditreport.com
• Periodically check your ATM and debit card activity for unauthorized use. Check bank statements,
canceled checks, and credit card bills for suspicious activity.
• Ask questions whenever you are asked for personal information that seems inappropriate. Ask how the
information will be used and if it will be shared. Ask how it will be protected. If you are not satisfied
with the answers do not give out your personal information.
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