(1) Know what cards you have and keep track of them. (2) Cancel the ones you do not plan to use. (3) Check the statements when they come in for unauthorized charges. (4) Shred the statements after the bills are paid. (5) Shred pre-approved credit card offers that you receive. (6) Do not sign the back of cards. Instead write "Photo ID Required". (7) Do not put complete account numbers on your payment checks.
Don't use them.
Passwords for accounts and computers should not be too easy, like bithdays, kid's names, etc. Do Not write your passwords down and carry them with you or post them on your computer monitor.
Do Not "Verify" Information Over The Phone Or Internet
Often scam artists will have pieces of your information, do not fill in the rest for them. Also, do not give information to "update" your account. Do not give ANY sensitive information over the telephone.
Check your credit report on a regular basis to be certain that there are no new accounts in your name that you did not authorize. Visit www.annualcreditreport.com.for a free yearly credit report.
If your credit or debit cards are lost or stolen, immediately notify the issuer.
Social Security Number
You ARE just a number and this is it. Do not carry the card with you. Shred documents that have the number on it. Do not give it to anyone.