General Tips to protect yourself against fraud
- Never give out personal or financial information over the phone.
- Never carry your Social Security Number in your wallet.
- Treat unsolicited emails (called "phishing") the same way you treat junk mail. Delete it, don't open the email, and NEVER click on to a direct web link.
- Protect yourself on social media and dating websites. Do not give out any of your personal or account information to anyone you meet online.
- Buy a shredder and use it. Shred everything, including credit card receipts (after you've reconciled your bill), old bank statements, medical statements, everyday bills, and pre-approved credit card offers. Shred any document that has personal or financial information on it.
- Monitor your credit accounts carefully so you’ll know if a bills missing or unauthorized purchases have been made. Close out unused credit cards. Cutting them up is not enough.
- Get a credit report at least once a year and clean up any errors. Look for personal information and credit accounts that are not yours.
- Never leave paid bills in your mailbox for the mail carrier to pick up. Drop them off at a post office box.
- Report any lost or stolen credit or debit cards immediately. Use CardHero® to instantly turn off your debit card if lost, misplaced, or stolen.
- VISA DEBIT CARD LOST/STOLEN - 1-800-528-2273
- VISA CREDIT CARD LOST/STOLEN - 1-800-442-4757
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