Care recipient (cr) needs information on ways to prevent identity theft

Try: If an internet web site asks for your email address do not provide it email addresses can be legally sold to companies that are involved in internet scams identity thieves contact people by email and ask for money or send an email with links to web sites that allow them to access all files on a computer don’t respond to text messages or emails that appear to be sent from a company that you have done business with don’t provide any personal

Materials: Paper shredder lock box

Categories: Financial

Information: Social security number date of birth address etc by email text message or over the phone buy a shredder and shred all credit card applications and catalog order forms received in the mail when moving to a new home keep everything that lists any financial information – files tax archives bills bank statements check books credit cards etc – in a lock box on move day know the location of the box at all times to ensure the safety of sensitive personal information if the cr passes away the care giver cg should notify the social security administration ssa at 800-722-1213 the ssa maintains a master file that is used by all the credit reporting agencies credit reports from the agencies are used by lenders to evaluate loan applications make sure that a trusted family member or friend knows how to access all of the cr’s email and online accounts so they can be accessed or terminated information

References: A adapted from www helpnetsecurity org – tips for seniors on how to avoid id theft

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*This information is listed as a Tip and is not explicitly medically licensed

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