Although many ways of protecting yourself from identity theft are plain common sense, Credit247.com and MSN Money offer loads of other tips as well.
* Buy A Shredder
Identity thieves are famous for going through peoples' rubbish bins looking for old bank statements and credit card bills. So get on to that Innovations catalogue and place your order now!
* Watch What You Carry In Your Wallet Or Handbag
Old bills, business letters, bank statements, whatever. Such documents can give thieves ready access to your accounts.
* Keep Duplicate Records
Place the contents of your wallet or handbag on a photocopy machine. Copy both sides of all credit cards etc so you have a full account of numbers, expiration dates, and all relevant details in case your wallet or handbag is stolen. Store these personal details in a safe place.
* Make Payments At Your Bank
If you can't be bothered to go to the bank, then post payments from a safe location preferably at a post office.
* Monitor Your Credit Card Activity
Carefully examine your credit card statements for fraudulent charges before paying them.
* Assess All Credit Cards You Hold
Go through all the cards you hold and be ruthless. If you don't really need it, cancel. Especially all those store cards we all tend to collect!
* Keep Your Pin Numbers Secret
Don't carry your pin numbers in your wallet. And be vigilant and extra alert when using the hole in the wall. Make sure no-one is standing too close to you and always cover the keypad as you enter your pin. Where possible try to use machines inside the bank as these are less inviting to a card thief.
* Know Who You Are Talking To
Never give your credit card number or personal information over the phone unless you have initiated the call and trust the business.
* Watch How You Browse Online
When doing business online, make sure a padlock or key icon is active when you browse as this shows you are using a secure site so your payment details should be safe.
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