Identity theft if very common on the internet and it is very important that you learn how to avoid this. The first thing you need to do is guard your financial information. The only time you ever give out your credit card number is when you are actually paying for something.
Never give out your social security number unless you are absolutely sure who it is you are giving it to and you know it is necessary for them to have it. You can ask companies such as your health insurer to give you an alternative number so you don’t have to use your social security number. It is very important that you keep this information safe. If someone contacts you asking for any personal information, such as someone claiming to be from a bank and asks you for your bank number, call the bank directly and ask about it. Banks will not call you and ask for your bank number. They should already have this information. If they contact you, always contact them to make sure it was really them instead of an imposter.
Always keep your mail safe. Mail contains personal information that you do not want anyone to get a hold of. Get off credit marketing lists. A lot of people use these to their advantage to get a hold of your credit card information.
Always memorize your passwords and pin numbers. You do not want them written down anywhere. Never send your personal information such as your credit card number through email. If you are using a website that requires personal information, make sure it is going to be secure before you give it to them. always check your credit reports whenever you can. If you find any incorrect information, contact someone and explain to them that there is a problem.