How to Prevent Identity Theft: Your Mail
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How can I avoid identity theft through the mail?
A favorite past time of identity thieves is stealing information from your mail. Follow these tips to prevent identity theft:
- Take your outgoing mail to a U.S. Postal Service mailbox or to the post office to prevent identity theft via your mail.
- Use a locking mailbox with a slot to secure your incoming mail. Your identity can be compromised when a thief takes your credit card statements, bank statements, and bills.
- Do not write account numbers on the outside of envelopes.
- Use security tinted envelopes when mailing bills and documents containing your personal information.
- If you take a trip, arrange for your mail to be put on hold by the post office.
- Do not leave mail in the box overnight.
- Monitor your monthly bills and financial statements. If they do not arrive when expected, call the sender.
- On how to stop identity theft, the U.S. Postal Service recommends that you review your consumer credit reports each year.
- If you are serious about avoiding identity theft, call a reputable identity protection company that can help monitor any changes to your credit and/or public records.
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