PDQ 4 - Be careful, someone could steal your identity!
May 3, 2012, 4:09 PM
An identity theft occurs when an individual steals another person’s identity and impersonates that individual. Identity thieves use basic personal information, such as name, address and social insurance number, to open credit card accounts, contract loans, rent apartments or even engage in criminal activities.
- Memorize your social insurance number (SIN) and keep the card in a safe place.
- Shred all your bank and credit card statements before throwing them out (they contain important information).
- When making a purchase, keep an eye on your card at all times.
- Provide your ID and credit card information over the phone or via Internet only to reputable companies with which you have initiated the contact.
- Never reveal, under any circumstances, your social insurance number to any organization that could use it for fraudulent purposes.
What can you do if you think you are a victim of identity theft?
- Report your stolen cards to the card issuing companies immediately.
- Report the incident to the police immediately, especially if it involves stolen identification.
- If you think that your social insurance number has been used fraudulently, contact your Service Canada Centre.
- If you use an ATM bank card, get a new card, a new account number and a new password. Do not renew your old password.
Contact TransUnion Victim Assistance Department at 1-877-713-3393 and Equifax at 1-800-465-7166. They will add a note in your file to alert credit card companies that you may be a victim of fraudulent activities.
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