- Examine all correspondence you receive in mail. Don't just throw away "junk" mail without first reviewing it, particularly during the Holiday season when you are more likely to receive credit card offers and related promotions. If you receive mail from a company that you do not do business with, consider contacting the sender and ask why you are receiving and ask to be removed from the mailing list.
- Monitor bank, credit card and loan statements. You are likely to use your credit card more often for gift purchases so if you are expecting a bill that doesn't come, contact your account holder. If you see any suspicious charges also contact your creditor immediately.
- Safeguard important numbers, passwords and PIN's. Never carry them in your wallet or leave them lying around your home or work area where someone can easily see them and write them down. If you must keep a list of important account numbers, file them in a secure, private place that is not easily accessed.
- Shred, shred and then shred a bit more. A paper shredder is more than an expense; it's a "security" investment and provides peace of mind. Consider a Swingline Stack-and-Shred paper shredder specifically designed for home or personal use such as the hands-free Stack-and-Shred 60X or Stack-and-Shred 80X. Key features of the shredders include: Hands Free Auto+™ technology - the rollers automatically feed the paper into the cutters, so you don't have to - leaving you time for better things. The small compact size fits neatly under a desk, offers quiet operation, secure, cross-cut, level 3 shredding including credit cards, which all amounts to an efficient and affordable way to safely dispose of Holiday related documents and receipts.
Baah Humbug! Don't Become The Gift That Keeps On Giving To Identity Thieves This Holiday Season- Swingline Tips For Celebrating Safely
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