Protect Yourself From Identity Theft

No, I’m not saying that you’re walking around town with a steal me sign on your handbag, purse or wallet but this type of theft is a common crime, not just in the United States, but worldwide. Also, you may lose your wallet on your own, like I did a few years ago, only to get a call from a police officer a couple days later who told me that a criminal had found it and was driving around with my wallet in his car. Due to that lucky traffic stop, I did not become a victim of identity theft, but millions of Americans are not so lucky so it’s best to be prepared.

Keep your social security number safe. Don’t carry your social security card replacement around with you or any other card that has your number on it. Don’t use your number on checks or bills that can be stolen.

Most documents can be re-ordered. Financial institutions as required by law to keep records of your statements for 7 years. And most Military Records are now kept online. Of course it can be a hassle in tracking down those records and getting copies, which is why you want to have your own set of copies on hand, should you need to access it quickly. If you are missing something from the list that you know you should have, now would be a good time to track down a copy of it, so you can keep it with your other important documents.

Small photo albums of your family are definitely an item to carry in your purse. Showing off pictures of my children and my beautiful grandchildren social security card replacement are necessary.

Tip: don’t provide your child’s school with his social security number. The school can, if they wish, generate a nine digit random number(as an example) to represent your child. It should raise a red flag if they insist on it; in this case, consider another school for your youngster.

Credit card fraud is a crime that is committed every day! Thieves use your name and your social security number to obtain everything from cell phone service, to additional credit cards and credit lines!

You need water and food in your survival bag so put in some bottled water and rotate it every once in awhile. Put in some food that does not require cooking. You might also want to put in a pocket knife as well. Include a book of matches or two. If you can fit a change of clothing or several including socks and underwear you should include them. You can also get pocket-sized survival blankets that have a silver side and will either retain heat if it is cold or help to shield you from heat if it is hot. You may want to include family photos just in case you get separated. This will help in searching for the lost family member. Include a loud whistle to signal those around you.

If you are in a hurry to receive your new passport, you can pay an extra $60 for the expedited fee. You need to write EXPEDITED on the outside of the envelope. Mark it clearly so that when it arrives at its destination it will be handled properly. Another option you have is to visit a local agency that handles passports. You can find a local office by going to the website for the Bureau of Consular Affairs. This is the best option if you will need to have your passport in less than 2 weeks.

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