Thieves are now generally focused on stealing your identity instead of your cash. Most of us have either already fallen victim or know someone who has. This holiday season, the City wants to remind its residents of ways they can avoid identity theft.
Here are some helpful tips:
- Carry only the cards you need in your wallet.
- Never carry your Social Security card; leave it in a safe place.
- Shred any mail with sensitive information as thieves may also rummage through your trash or mailbox to access bank account numbers and credit card statements.
- As for internet use, beware of fake web sites, also known as phishing. Thousands of consumers have fallen victims to phony web sites, which are used to collect personal information.
For more information on identity theft, visit www.bos.frb.org/consumer/identity and download the booklet.
To report identity theft, visit www.ftc.gov or call the Coral Springs Police Department at 954-344-1800.