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Watch Your Mailbox This Month

Watch Your Mailbox This Month

Safeguarding Your Financial Information and Identity

Watch Your Mailbox This Month

January and February are prime identity theft months. Why? Employers, banks, and financial institutions send year-end statements to their clients and customers for tax purposes. Since those documents are needed for completing your taxes, they contain a massive amount of personal information: Account numbers, Social Security numbers, etc. Many identity thieves still pursue their “trade” the old fashioned way: Looking through trash and stealing mail from mailboxes.

Check your mailbox every day, and if you will be away, have a neighbor collect your mail (or ask the post office to hold your mail until you return). In addition, keep a close eye on your credit report, this month and every month. The best defense against identity theft is a good offense.

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