Take steps to guard against identity theft

2014-02-12T00:00:00Z Take steps to guard against identity theft nwitimes.com
February 12, 2014 12:00 am

With numerous recent data breaches compromising personal and financial information, INPIRG offers the following tips for consumers:

  • Check your bank and credit card statements regularly for fraudulent transactions, and report them immediately.
  • Beware of phishing. Never click on any links in emails from people you don't know or give any information to anyone who calls you, even if they say they're from your bank. Instead, call the number on the back of your card and ask for the fraud department.
  • Don't pay for expensive credit monitoring services. You have the right under federal law to look at each of your three credit reports once a year for free at annualcreditreport.com. You can stagger these requests — one every four months — to do your own credit monitoring at no cost.

Find more tips on identity theft at http://uspirgedfund.org/issues/usf/protecting-yourself-identity-theft

- Alec Sprague, Bloomington, Ind.

Copyright 2014 nwitimes.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Follow The Times

Latest Local Offers

Featured Businesses

Submit a Letter to Editor

We welcome letters from readers on any issue of public interest, and make every effort to publish as many as we can and in a timely manner. The Times will publish only one letter a month from a writer, and be sure to include your name, address and a telephone number for verification. Letters should be 150 words or less. They will be edited.

Letters may be submitted:
  • Via our submission form.
  • Via e-mail.
  • Via fax: (219) 933-3249 or (219) 465-7298
  • Via mail or by hand to our offices:
    • 601 45th Ave., Munster, IN 46321
    • 2080 N. Main St., Crown Point, IN 46307
    • 1111 Glendale Blvd., Valparaiso, IN 46383
    • 3410 Delta Dr., Portage, IN 46368
    • Please mark envelopes with "Attn: Letters"


Email Editorial Page Editor Doug Ross or call (219) 548-4360 or (219) 933-3357



Who do you support for Porter County commissioner?

View Results