User ID and Password control: Do not maintain a central and written list of any of your online account accesses or accounts. If you choose to maintain this information in an electronic file on your PC, be sure to encrypt or password protect the document, or utilize trusted software to secure records of your various log-in credentials.
Printed statements and other mail: Always review your monthly or regular statements on any financial account. Immediately investigate any suspicious or questionable transaction(s). Prior to throwing in the garbage, be sure to shred any and all documentation or mail that can readily identify you, a family member, your address or any other personal information. Old bank statements, credit card applications, unused deposit slips are common items perpetrators look for in trash or dumpsters.
Wallet and Purse: Losing either can be a trying ordeal. Be sure to limit the number of credit cards you carry, do not carry your birth certificate, voter registration or social security card unless these items are needed for a specific purpose on a particular day.
Be Prepared: Maintain a list of the financial institutions, and their phone numbers, where you have credit cards, bank accounts or investments. DO NOT KEEP YOUR ACCOUNT NUMBERS HERE. Institutions can locate your account and verify your identity in other ways. If your wallet/purse, ATM/check card or other related items have been lost or stolen, contact your financial institutions immediately.