DAY 3 – How Do You Protect Yourself From Identity Theft?
TREAT YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION LIKE CASH, don’t leave it laying around. By taking a few simple steps, you can reduce your risk of identity theft.
- Do not routinely carry your social security card or any type of document with your social security number.
- Keep old tax returns and tax records secured/locked away. If electronic, keep encrypted.
- Shred tax documents or any document with your personal information before throwing away in the trash (credit card bills, invoices, banking statements, medical documents, expired driver’s license, etc.).
- Avoid IRS-Impersonators. The IRS will not call you with threats of jail or lawsuits. The IRS will not request personal information online.
Forward IRS-related scam emails to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Report IRS-impersonators at www.tigta.gov
- If you are publicly sharing your personal information on social media….stop! There is just some information that should not be shared with everybody.
The Do Not Share List
- Home address
- Places you lived
- Birth date (M/D/Y)
- Work place
- Vacation plans
- Any information about your children, a new car, a new home.