Your Social Security Number and Personal Identification Number are both series of digits that you should take special effort to protect.

Protect your Social Security Number (SSN)

  • Never send your SSN by unsecured email to anyone.
  • Request another number on your driver’s license instead of your SSN.
  • Never carry your SSN in your wallet.
  • Do not print your SSN on your checks.
  • Do not give your SSN out just because someone asks for it. Understand why they need it and know whom you are doing business with.

Protect Other Personal Information

  • Never keep PINs (Personal Identification Numbers) and passwords in your wallet or any visible location.
  • Be aware when using your PIN number that it should be protected.
  • Be aware of giving personal information over the phone, by email and over the internet, unless you have initiated the contact.
  • Be suspicious of anyone who calls you requesting personal information.
  • Shred any personal information or documents you no longer need that could be used to establish an identity in your name:
    • Pay Stubs
    • Preapproved credit offers
    • Shopping receipts
    • Utility and phone bills
    • Insurance documents
  • Obtain your credit report regularly to check for fraud.
  • Review your bank and credit card statements for accuracy.