1. Employ the Best Identity Theft Prevention Service You Can (surely you did not think we would leave this one off) and we will do most of this for you.
2. Check your Credit Report Regularly and Dispute the Inaccuracies
3. Shred, Shred, Shred (one of the #1 ways they steal your identity is through your trash)
4. Reduce Junk Mail Offers
5. File a police report with local law enforcement officials if a breach occurs. This is an essential step in claiming your rights
6. Report your theft to the Federal Trade Commission, online, by phone, or by mail. Go to https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/
7. Don’t order checks through the mail (pay extra for the security envelopes that banks offer. Yes, some U.S. Postmen are not your friend. We have had several cases where the Postman was the one out there selling off your checks one by one in the neighborhood.)
8. Don’t put personal information on checks (such as Social Security numbers; date of birth; and the like).
9. Get a mailbox that locks or route your mail to a P.O. Box. You can still put outgoing mail on the outside and keep the delivered mail safe on the inside of the mailbox
10. Never Give Out Personal Information on the phone or in response to email offers – even if it appears legitimate
11. Close any accounts that have been tampered with or established fraudulently; start them over
12. Avoid downloads from questionable sites
13. Make most purchases with a credit card or cash
14. Beware email links. These often look legitimate but they are traps for the unwary; and
15. Follow KEEPMYID.ORG’s “Step-By-Step Plan” if your identity has been stolen.