Tips to Avoid Identity Theft

Summer 2005 CSANews Issue 55  |  Posted date : May 20, 2007.Back to list

1. The next time you order cheques, have only your initials (instead of first name) and last name put on them. If someone takes your cheque book, they will not know if you sign your checks with just your initials or your first name, but your bank will know how you sign your cheques.

2. When you are writing cheques to pay your credit card accounts, DO NOT put the complete account number on the memo line. Instead, just put the last four numbers. The credit card company knows the rest of the number, and anyone who might be handling your cheque as it passes through all the processing channels won't have access to it.

3. If you have a post office box, use that instead of your home address. Never have your Social Insurance Number printed on your cheques. You can add it later if it is necessary (i.e. when you pay your income tax bill).

4. Place the contents of your wallet on a photocopy machine. Copy both sides of each licence, credit card, health card, gas card and ATM card. Then photocopy your passport. On the same paper, write down the phone numbers that you would have to call to cancel the cards. Entrust this information to someone whom you can reach easily while you travel.