1. Never provide personal financial information, including your Social Security number, account numbers or passwords over the phone or the Internet, if you did not initiate the contact.
2. Never click on a link provided in an e-mail you think is fraudulent. In addition to stealing your personal information, the link may contain a virus that can hijack your computer.
3. Do not be intimidated by an e-mail or caller who suggests dire consequences if you do not immediately provide or verify financial information.
4. If you are unsure whether a contact is legitimate, go to the company’s Website by typing in the site address or using a page you have previously book marked, instead of using a link provided by the e-mail.
5. If you fall victim to identity theft, act immediately to protect yourself. Alert your financial institution. Place fraud alerts on your credit files. Monitor your credit files and account statements closely.
6. Report suspicious e-mails or calls to the Federal Trade Commission through the Internet at http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/idtheft/ or by calling 1-877-IDTHEFT (1-877-438-4338).
Provided by www.keepmyID.org