- Be extremely careful about giving out personal identifying information, such as your mother’s maiden name and your Social Security number. Ask if it can be held confidentially. Inquire into how it will be used and with whom it will be shared. Give your Social Security number only when absolutely necessary. Ask to use other types of identifiers when possible. Do not put your Social Security or driver’s license numbers on your personal checks.
- Never provide any personal, financial account or credit card information to anyone who contacts you through a telephone solicitation or by email. Ask them to mail your information so that you can further research the company and their products and services.
- Keep items containing your personal information in a safe place. Keep a list of all credit cards, account numbers, expiration dates and the customer service phone numbers in a secure place so that you can quickly contact your creditors in case your cards are lost or stolen.