Military and identity theft
Asked September 3, 2013, 8:26 PM EDT
What are some ways that service members can avoid identify theft?
Wake County North Carolina
Identity theft cases continue to increase, but service members can avoid identity theft by safeguarding their personal information. Some examples of safeguarding information include:
- Shredding financial documents with personal information before discarding them
- Protecting your Social Security number by not carrying it around in a wallet and not writing it on checks
- Not giving out personal information on the phone, through the mail, or over the Internet unless you know who you are dealing with
- Safeguarding military ID documents
- Not lending credit cards or account information to anyone
- Never clicking on links sent in unsolicited emails
- Not using obvious passwords such as a birth date, mother’s maiden name, or the last four digits of a Social Security number
- Keeping personal information in a secure place, especially if living in the barracks or with roommates
- Not letting mail pile up if you can’t collect it. Use a post office box or have a trusted individual hold it until you return.