Military and identity theft

Asked September 3, 2013, 8:26 PM EDT

What are some ways that service members can avoid identify theft?

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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.
For more information on identity thefts and scams, refer to ftc.gov/idtheft.