ID Theft Protection Tips:
1) Protect your Social Security Number. Do not carry your SSN in your wallet or write on your checks. Do not give it to anybody unless absolutely necessary (Job Application, Opening Bank Account ,Closing Real Estate Transaction,)
2) Destroy (shred) any financial documents before you discard them.
3) Do not give out personal info to the strangers on the phone, through mail or over the internet.
4) Keep your personal info in secure location in home or in safe deposit box (bank).
5)Monitor your credit report at least 2 times a year for unauthorized activities.
6) Never click on links sent in unsolicited emails, instead type in a web address you know. Use anti-virus software, firewalls, anti-spyware, etc. Use automatic update for your software.
7) When using internet, please do not use an obvious password like birth date, same numbers (1111) last four digit of your SSN , mother's maiden name, etc.
Other helpful links:
Do Not Call Registry: 888-382-1222 or http://www.donotcall.gov/
To stop direct mail visit the Direct Mail Association website http://www.dmaconsumers.org/consumerassistance.html
Opt-Out and reduce your Junk Mail by visiting http://www.optoutprescreen.com/ to reduce the number of unsolicited offers of credit and insurance. 888-5-OPT-OUT
How to contact FTC:
Federal Trade Commission
Consumer Response Center Room 130
600 Pensylvania Ave N.W.
Washington DC 20580
Or voice you concern by calling your Congressional Representative at 202-224-3121