Protecting Your Identity

"Dan Galli, CFP |

Identity theft is on the rise and it's more important than ever to protect yourself.

Following are some tips and strategies to help safeguard your personal information.

Don't Fall For Scams!

Fraudsters and scammers are using more sophisticated ways to try to mislead customers into sharing account information, personal data or access to your credit line.

To help keep you protected from these scams, we would like to remind you to never share the following personal information with someone that calls you:

•    Mother's Maiden Name
•    Date of Birth
•    Social Security Number
•    Account/Card Number
•    Username
•    Password
•    One-Time Passcodes/Links

Protect Your Identity
To help protect your identity, there are some services available that offer multi-layer protection for your personal information and identity. 
We have listed a few below for you to consider:

•    LifeLock
•    Identity Guard
•    Identity Defense

Check Your Credit
You should check your credit at least once a year. The three major credit bureaus are:

•    Equifax
•    Experian
•    TransUnion

These companies offer a credit freeze. The credit freeze locks the data at the consumer reporting agency until the individual gives permission for the release of the data.

By staying alert, you can help protect your identity.

If you have a question or would like to discuss this topic further, please connect with us.