Friday, January 25, 2008

Can I See Some ID?

MLGW’s Revenue Protection team also investigates cases of identity theft. Here are a few tips on keeping your personal and financial information secure:

1. When using your credit or debit card, do not let it out of your sight. For example, pay at the counter or use cash in a restaurant rather than let the waiter or waitress take your card. It is possible for someone to scan your card in a split second without you noticing.

2. Do not use generic ATM machines. Use the ATM at your bank. If you do not know who owns the machine, then you do not know who you are sharing your financial information with.

3. If paying bills by mail with a check or credit card number, be sure to place the envelopes in a Post Office mailbox rather than hanging them from the mailbox at your home for pick-up. Thieves can use your bank routing number or credit card information online.

4. Regularly check your bank statement online and look for any unauthorized charges. Con artists often skim small amounts of money from a large number of people on a monthly basis unnoticed.

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