Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the nation. By following these recommendations, you can lessen your chances of becoming the next victim:
- Don’t place outgoing mail containing sensitive information in an unsecured mailbox. Use a U.S. Postal Service mailbox.
- Carry as few credit cards or cards with identification and personal information as possible. Do not carry your Social Security card with you.
- Choose a random PIN that is not based on any other number or name. Don’t keep your personal identification number near your checkbook or ATM/debit card.
- Shred any papers or cards containing confidential information (including preapproved credit card offers) before throwing them away.
- Obtain a copy of your credit report (free, once per year, at annualcreditreport.com) from all three major credit reporting agencies, and check it carefully. Contact the credit agencies in writing to inform them of incorrect information.
- Be wary of any mail, phone, or Internet requests for personal information. Some callers, websites, or emails may appear legitimate but are not.
- If it sounds too good to be true – it probably is.
- Be alert for suspicious individuals or activities on campus and report them to University Police:
- 311 (nonemergency, from any building telephone)
- 214-648-8311 (nonemergency, from telephones off campus, cell phones, and Medical Park Apartments)
- 911 (emergency, from any building telephone)
- 214-648-8911 (emergency, from telephones off campus, cell phones, and Medical Park Apartments)