5 Tips to Prevent ID Theft
It's time to shred, Florida.
Last year alone, according to statistics from the FTC's most recent edition of the Consumer Sentintel Network Data Book, Florida residents reported about 70,000 incidents of identity theft which equates to 361 incidents for every 100,000 residents, making Floridia the nation's leader in identity theft. Attributed to a number of factors including a vulnerable retiree population and high crime rate, Florida's identity theft rate is roughly twice that of neighbor to the north, Georgia, which ranks second on the list.
How can you protect yourself from identity theft? Here are five documents you need to shred to prevent identity theft:
- Old Tax Returns - The IRS mandates you keep tax returns for at least three years, in case of an audit. After three years, shred 'em.
- Bank Statements - If it has an account number, it need to go.
- Old Photo Ids - That old college ID or security badge from work can be (and should be) shredded.
- Cancelled Checks - Simply writing void does not protect you. There are account and routing numbers on there that many forget about.
- Cancelled Credit Cards - The magnetic stripe has encoded information that can be minded by identiy theives. Shred it for maxium protection.
Follow these steps and you will be on your way to protecting yourself from identity theft. Find an old box of tax returns in the attic? Call us up, we will effectively destroy those for you.