Avoid Identify Theft

Winter 2004 CSANews Issue 53  |  Posted date : May 16, 2007.Back to list

Follow these helpful tips to avoid misuse of your personal and financial information:

  • Store financial statements and other personal documents in a safe and secure place, and destroy them when they expire.
  • After you make a purchase, review your statement and immediately report any suspicious activity on your account to your bank or credit card company.
  • When shopping, carry as few cards and identity documents as possible, and always check that the credit card you get back is your own.
  • Cut up or shred expired or unused credit and debit cards – while the card may have expired, the number may still be valid.
  • Beware of suspicious mail, phone, or Internet holiday promotions that ask for personal information.

For more information on how to protect yourself from identity theft, contact the Ministry of Consumer and Business Services at (416) 326-8800 in Toronto or toll-free at 1-800-889-9768, or visit the website at www.cbs.gov.on.ca.