Protect yourself against identity theft. Wisconsin's Bureau of Consumer
Protection recommends the following:
- Check your credit report frequently. Obtain your credit report free from
each of the three major credit reporting agencies, Equifax, Experian and
TransUnion, each year by calling 877-322-8228.
- Check your mail daily. Shred credit card offers, bills or any items that
contain personal or financial information.
- Check your bills and bank statements monthly. Look at your statements as
soon as you get them to see if there are unauthorized charges or withdrawals. If
there are, report them immediately.
- Protect your computer and smartphone. Verify computer security settings to
make certain there is firewall, virus, spam and spyware protection on your
computer. Log off or lock your computer between uses.
- Guard your social security number. Don't carry your Social Security card
with you, and don't use the number as a PIN or password if possible.
- Keep your personal information personal. Give out personal information like
account, credit card or social security numbers only when you initiate the
contact and can verify it as a legitimate source.
- Be secure in your dorm room or apartment. For your personal safety and
identity's safety, lock your dorm or apartment at all times. Keep sensitive
documents in a safe place, locked up.
- Use credit card smarts. Avoid leaving a credit card as a bar tab. Limit the
number of credit cards in your name so you can keep track of expenses.
- Update your forwarding information. Because college students move
frequently, notify the United States Postal Service at www.usps.com to notify them of your forwarding
- Limit the number of identification cards you carry. If you don't need it,
don't carry it with you — especially documents like your birth certificate and
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