Protect Yourself From Identity Theft

Always read the fine print on sales agreements. By signing you may also be giving the organization permission to add your name to a marketing list.

Many retail stores ask for your name, address and telephone number when you make a purchase. If the store cannot give you a satisfactory reason for collecting the information, don't give it out.

Information collected on product warranty cards is very often used for marketing purposes. You are not required to send in a filled warranty card - your receipt is all you need to make a warranty claim.

Charities and other fund-raising organizations often share donor lists with one another. If you make a donation and do not want your personal information to be given to any other charities, enclose a note with your payment.

Do not respond to email, letter, or phone requests for personal information such as your SIN, date of birth, PIN, CVC2 (the 3 digits on the back of your credit card), card number, or other account information.

Always verify the authenticity of incoming Credit Card security calls prior to responding by calling back via valid phone number.

Be careful when disposing of mail. If it has your address on it, shred it. This can help prevent a fraudster from collecting enough information from different resources to recreate your identity.

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