4 New Years Resolutions to Help Prevent Identity Theft

Let's Avoid Identity Theft in 2009

Each and every year more and more people fall victim to identity theft. This year, let's do something about that. New Year's Day is almost upon us. Let's make some resolutions right now that will protect us (and others) from falling victim to the crime.

For Those Who Have Yet to Invest in a Shredder...

If you don't yet have a shredder, your first New Year's resolution is going to be to buy one. Few tools are as valuable in the fight against identity theft as a shredder, and if you don't have one I don't even want to ask you where you're putting your personal documents when you're done with them.

Watch Your Mail

Keep an eye on your mailbox. If you see someone going from mailbox to mailbox, they may be fishing for identity theft materials such as credit card and bank statements. Report any suspicious activity to the authorities if you see it.

Also, make sure you receive your credit card and bank statements each month. If they go missing one month, there may be a reason for it.

Subscribe to a Credit Monitoring Service

If you haven't yet subscribed to a credit monitoring service, now would be a good time to do it. By monitoring your credit regularly, these services can make sure you're notified immediately if you do fall victim to an identity theft crime.

Don't Fall for Scams

This year make sure you stay up to date on the latest identity theft news and scams. The best way to protect yourself is to know what the criminals are up to. This blog is one good way to do it.

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