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C R E D I T C A R D S

Keep track of when credit card bills are

supposed to arrive, and call the company

if they’re late.

Review credit card and bank statements

to make sure there are no unauthorized

purchases. If there are, contact the card

issuer immediately.

If you do online banking, consult your

statement frequently to check for any

anomalies.

Check your credit report annually. Major

credit reporting bureaus provide one free

report each year.

M A I L

Use a locked mailbox or one with a

drop slot to prevent mail theft. If you

use a regular box, pick up your mail as

promptly as possible after it is delivered.

Ensure your mail is forwarded if you

move.

Shred or destroy items with your name

and address, such as preapproved

credit card offers, insurance and loan

applications, bills, and receipts. Don’t

discard them in recycling or waste bins.

If you are going to be away from home,

arrange for a trusted neighbor to pick up

your mail. Canada Post also provides a

mail-holding service for a fee.

Tips for reducing

the risk of identity theft

• Be careful about sharing personal information or letting it circulate freely. When you are asked to provide

personal information, ask how it will be used, why it is needed, who will be sharing it and how it will be

safeguarded. Do not give out more than necessary.

• Be particularly careful about your SIN; it is an important key to your identity, especially in credit reports

and computer databases. Don’t share it unless absolutely necessary.

• Talk with your children about identity theft and how to minimize the risk.