THEFT - POSSIBLE PRECAUTIONS
order checks have only your
initials (instead of first name) and last name
put on them. If someone takes your checkbook, they will
not know if you sign your checks with just your initials
or your first name, but your bank should know how you
sign your checks.
sign the back of your credit cards. Instead, put "PHOTO
are writing checks to pay on your credit card accounts,
DO NOT put the complete account number on the "FOR"
line. Instead just put the last
four numbers of your credit card. The credit
card company knows the rest of the number, and anyone
who might be handling your check as it passes through
all the check processing channels won't have access to
work phone number on your
checks instead of your home phone. If you have a P.O.
Box, use that instead of your home address.
Never have your
Social Security Number
printed on your checks. You can add it if necessary.
But if you have printed it, anyone can capture it.
contents of your wallet on a photocopy machine.
Print both sides of each
license, credit card, etc. You will know what you had
in your wallet and all of the account numbers and phone
numbers to call and cancel. Keep the photocopy in a
safe place. Also, carry a photocopy of your passport
when traveling either here or abroad.
police report immediately
in the jurisdiction where your credit cards, etc., were
stolen. This proves to credit providers that your were
diligent, and this is a first step toward an
investigation (if there is one).
3 national credit reporting
organizations immediately to place a fraud alert
on your name and Social Security number. The alert
means any company that checks your credit report knows
your information has been stolen, and they should
contact you you by phone to authorize new credit.
Contact numbers if
your wallet, etc., has been lost or stolen.