One simple way to protect yourself against identity theft is to limit the amount of confidential information you carry in your wallet.
Experts Recommend What Not to Carry
- Bank account numbers
- Personal identification numbers (PINs)
- Birth certificates
- Social Security cards
Although many states continue to use Social Security numbers on drivers' licenses, this practice is changing.
Steps to Protect Your Wallet
While it may seem obvious, it can't hurt to mention a few basic words about protecting your wallet:
- Don't take out your wallet until you actually need it.
- Don't forget your wallet before leaving a restaurant, store or any public place.
- Never put your wallet down alongside a cash register, in a phone booth or even on top of your car.
A good rule of thumb is this: Never set down your wallet unless your hand is attached to it.