Part 1: 10 ways to prevent identity and Social Security theft

Even though Social Security Administration is going completely electronic, you still need to be careful and know that Social Security direct deposit theft is on the rise.

Here are the first five things that Market Watch says you can do to prevent identity theft and to prevent a stolen Social Security deposit:

(1) Keep your purse and wallet with you always. Do not leave them in the car to allow thieves to break in and steal your important information. Do not hang your purse on the back of a chair in a public place.

(2) Do not carry personal information with you unless absolutely necessary. Keep Social Security cards, birth certificates, check books, etc., at home in a locked safe.

(3) Never give out personal information over the phone or in email. This is the number one way that theives steal your information.

(4) Every month, go through your bank statements and credit card statements, and immediately report anything that looks suspicious to the bank or the credit card company.

(5) To check it for discrepancies, get a copy of your credit report. If you find any errors, report them immediately to the credit bureau.

On Friday, this blog will continue with five more tips for you to use to avoid identity theft and to avoid Social Security benefit theft.

If you or someone you know needs help with Social Security Disability benefits, contact the Social Security Disability lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin.

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