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Protect yourself from identity theft

By Heartland News

CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - Carbondale police want to remind you to take measures to ensure no one steals your identity.

The department offers several tips to prevent identity theft:

  • Limit the amount of personal information you carry including inside your car
  • Avoid carrying more checks than you need
  • Do not put your social security number, driver's license number, or telephone number on your checks
  • Keep important documents locked up at home
  • Limit the number of credit cards you have
  • Never provide personal information over the phone or Internet, unless they are a reputable business and you've already established prior contact. Always request a call back phone number.
  • Shred pre-approved credit card offers
  • Review credit card, phone card, and bank statements when you get them and check for errors
  • Periodically review your credit history
  • Make sure no one is "shoulder surfing" or looking over your shoulder when you use the ATM
  • If possible, get a P.O. box or a locked mail box to keep someone from stealing your mail
  • When you're on vacation, ask the post office to hold your mail or have a trusted person collect it every day.

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