Key Tips to Minimize Your Chances of Becoming an Identity Theft Victim

stock-photo-2968116-protect-foldersWith tax season recently passing, identity theft attempts have become increasingly common. How can you protect yourself? Below are a few preventive items to keep your personal information safe:

  •  Don’t carry your Social Security card or any document(s) with your SSN on it.
  •  Don’t give a business your SSN just because they ask. Give it only when required.
  •  Protect your financial information.
  •  Check your credit report every 12 months.
  •  Secure personal information in your home.
  •  Protect your personal computers by using firewalls, anti-spam/virus software, update security patches, and change passwords for Internet accounts.
  • Don’t give personal information over the phone, through the mail or on the Internet unless you have initiated the contact or you are sure you know who you are dealing with.

If you discover your information (social security number, tax forms, etc…) has been compromised, please notify the IRS immediately by completing an Identity Theft Affidavit, Form 14039.

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