5 Ways to Protect Your Identity

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Get advice from fraud expert, Charles R. Whitlock, and make sure your identity is protected.

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Charles R. Whitlock Presents: 5 Ways to Protect Your Identity

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Shred Old Bills All those bills y ou throw out each month carry sensitive information. Identity thieves can easily use them to piece together what they need to open accounts in your name. Shred anything that carries account details or information that can be used to open new accounts.

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Keep It Confidential W atch out for lurkers looking over your shoulder at the ATM and at store registers. Even if you don’t think anyone is close enough to see anything, cover the keypad when you enter your PIN.

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Monitor Your Credit Even if you check your credit card and bank statements regularly, it’s still a good idea to invest in credit monitoring. N ot only will you receive quarterly reports of your credit scores, but you’ll also be alerted if any new accounts are opened in your name or if suspicious activity is found in any of your credit accounts.

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Be Selective with Online Shopping If you like to shop online, make sure you’re only entering your credit card info into trustworthy sites. You can determine this by making sure the site’s security certificate is up to date, checking for a trusted e-signature badge, and confirming that the company has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

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Never Give Info to Solicitors Whether they show up at your door or call you on the phone, do not give any personal information to solicitors. If you didn’t invite them to contact you, they could be fishing for personal information, so thoroughly check out the offer before moving forward on a purchase.

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Your Identity I s an Asset Your identity has many important aspects, including your credit history, your bank accounts, your Internet profiles, your location, your Social S ecurity number, and much more. Charles R. Whitlock , author of Scam School and Easy Money , urges you to carefully monitor their usage on a regular basis. Take extra precautions to protect every aspect of your identity so you won’t become a victim of identity theft.

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