November 23, 2014

Prevent identity theft

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The Williston Police Department provided the following tips to guard against identity theft.

  • Shred all discarded personal information, including anything with your name, address, Social Security number, financial information, etc.
  • Do not reveal identifying information about yourself unless you initiated the telephone call.
  • Pay attention to your billing cycles. Follow up on anything that seems irregular.
  • Guard your mail from theft. Deposit outgoing mail directly at the post office or collection boxes. Do not leave your mail in your mailbox overnight..
  • Limit the number of credit cards you carry and use. Keep track of your usage and monitor all monthly statements.
  • Be cautious with credit card purchases made by phone or online. Do not use debit cards for these purchases.
  • Keep an accurate account of all your personal financial information and store it in a safe and secure place.
  • Guard your PIN number at all times.
  • Obtain a copy of your credit report once a year. Contact EQUIFAX (1-800-685-1111), TranUnion (1-877-322-8228) or Experian (-1-888-397-3742).
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