Here are some tips to avoid having your identity stolen:
- Limit the number of identification cards you carry. Including medical and insurance cards unless they're necessary.
- Do not give out any personal information over the phone unless you initiated the call.
- Make sure to shred credit card receipts, credit applications and financial statements.
If you think you've had your identity stolen, contact one of the three major credit reporting agencies listed below. Calling one will effectively notify all three.
PO Box 740250
Atlanta, GA 30374-0241
TDD: (800) 255-0056
PO Box 9532
Allen, TX 75013
PO Box 6790
Fullerton, CA 92834-6790
TDD: (877) 553-7803