4Theft of personal items Common MethodsTheft of personal itemsSensitive documents – work, home, carPurse / wallet – SS Card, ID Cards, checkbooksMail- checks, credit offersTrash
5Prevention Monitor account statements Report suspicious activity – bank, creditors, policeCheck credit report annuallyProtect your SS Number – Don’t carry it !!!!Protect your PIN numbersTake bills to the Post Office – or pay onlineConsider a Durable Power of Attorney
6SHRED, SHRED, SHRED Use a cross cut shredder to destroy… Tax forms Paper checksBank statements and credit card statementsOld credit cards, ID cardsAnything with account numbers or social security numbersAnything with a signature on it
7ResourcesNC Attorney General Office –(919)Federal Trade Commission -(877) ID Theft(877)
8Guiding PrinciplesKNOW to whom you are sending money & information – ask questionsBanks, lenders, credit card companies WILL NOT notify you to CONFIRM your personal information!!!!
9Guiding Principles If you initiate contact – OK If “THEY” initiate contact – “NOT OK”
10Tried and True RuleIf it sounds too good to be true…………IT IS!