SESLOC provides several methods to reduce the risk of fraud. Below are addtional steps you can take to keep from becoming a victim.
- Review Credit Reports Annually. Errors may indicate that someone else is using your identity. Visit our credit report center for details.
- Receive Statements and Bills Electronically. Mailed documents containing private information can put you at risk. The highest risk occurs from January to March when annual statements and tax documents are arriving.
- Review Your Accounts Online. You'll spot irregularities sooner and significantly reduce loss.
- Opt Out of Pre-Screened Credit Offers. Call 888.567.8688 to stop credit bureaus from selling your information.
- Stop Telemarketers. Place your name on the "Do Not Call" registry, managed by the Federal Trade Commission. This can be especially useful for family members who may be easily duped.
- Protect Paper Documents. Shred confidential documents, receipts, and credit offers before discarding. Never leave your checkbook or other confidential information, such as applications or statements, in an unlocked desk or cabinet.
- Protect Yourself Online and on the Telephone. Download Windows updates; install antivirus and antispyware programs on your computer; never provide confidential information in an email; never provide personal information over the telephone unless you initiated the call to someone you know and trust.
- Use a Secure Mailbox. A locked mailbox protects mailed documents.