personal information as if it were the most valuable commodity in your
Routinely check your
Credit Report. (www.annualcreditreport.com)
Smart Size - Reevaluate
credit accounts regularly - if too many get rid of ones not used
frequently and carry only the ones you need to use
Close unused bank
accounts. Immediately close accounts and establish new ones if your wallet
or purse is stolen.
Keep your receipts, bank
statements and credit card numbers in a safe place. Shred them when you
are ready to dispose of them.
Ask for the carbons if
merchants are not using carbonless forms when you make a credit card
Review your credit card
statements, utility bills and bank statements for accuracy or for any
unusual activity. Immediately report any discrepancy.
Never give out your
personal information over the phone. This includes people who call you to
solicit a purchase or a donation. Also, beware of people calling to
"confirm" personal or phone number and address information.
Verify with the Ohio Attorney General or local Better Business Bureau that
they are legitimate.