Top 8 Tips to Prevent Identity Theft

  1. Request a credit report every 12 months. Visit www.annualcreditreport.com
     
  2. Remove your name from marketing lists. Call 1-888-5OPT-OUT to reduce junk mail containing your personal information
     
  3. Check financial statements such as bank accounts, credit cards and investments accounts each month for unusual transactions.
     
  4. Do not list your SIN# or driver’s licence on cheques
     
  5. Avoid using cheques if possible and bank on-line
     
  6. Keep bank cards and credit cards at home unless needed
     
  7. Do not respond to unsolicited email or callers who ask for information such as your contact information, SIN or account numbers. Financial institutions will NEVER contact you by email. When did you ever give a bank credit card company your email address?
     
  8. Add reliable security software to your computer