Tax Time Safety

Identity Theft

Here comes some pertinent tax / ID theft prevention items:

  • Lock up your personal information. This includes all tax information, bank statements, credit card statements and unpaid bills. Yes, even at home; do you really know everything about your guests?
  • Don't fall for scams. During the distribution of rebate checks, no one will contact you for personal information and this includes your bank or the government.
  • Don't respond to requests to verify personal information unless you have actually initiated the contact. Don't share any indentifying information over a cordless or cell phone.
  • Shred. This includes anything of a personal or financial matter, ecspecially those credit card offers.
  • Review your mail. Check monthly credit card and banking statements for unfamiliar or unauthorized activities.
  • Check your credit report. The law entitles you to at least one free credit report from Equifax, Experian and Trans Union each year. If you get one report from each entity spaced out properly, you could get a free credit report every 4 months.
  • Report supicious activity immediately. Notify the authorities of any activity you did not authorize as it relates to any financial or personal matter.
  • Mailbox. Get your mail immediately and never leave outgoing mail for the courier to pick up.

Following these simple tips now and all year will help to protect yourself from ID theft.

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