Be careful with your Social Security Number.
Your Social Security Number is a major target because it can give identity thieves access to your credit report and bank accounts. Never carry your card with you. Instead, memorize your number and keep the card in a secure place at home or in a safety deposit box. Never write or print your Social Security Number on checks.
Check your credit report.
At least once a year, obtain and review your credit report for suspicious activity. Learn how to request a free copy of your report.
Be aware of scams.
Always be on the defensive with your private information. Never give out personal information to telemarketers or respond to emails from someone claiming to represent your bank, credit card issuer, a government agency, a charity, or other organization. If you think the request is legitimate, contact the company directly to confirm.