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
If you do online banking, consult your
statement frequently to check for any
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
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.