Here are some tips to assist you in the prevention of identity theft:
- Social Networking? Restrict your profiles so that only friends can view your information. Do not post your id or id number. Be sure to delete history/cookies if accessing those sites through public computers.
- Text or email messages ... beware of phishing! Don't ever respond to a text or email message requiring your login or account information. If you get a message asking you to verify your login or account number, delete it. To report possible phishing attempts, forward the email to email@example.com. If you have responded toa phishing scheme change your password immediately. If you are unable to change your password, contact the service provider immediately for assistance.
- Cell Phones - Never store identifying names, companies or login information on your cell phone! If you lose your cell, this information can be retrieved from your SIM card and used to access your personal information. If you do lose your phone, contact your cell provider immediately. Lap Top Users ... password protect! Don't provide anyone easy access - be sure to protect your laptop with a password (at least 8 characters, including numbers & lower/uppercase to strengthen the password).
If you have questions about your USCard or related services, or wonder about a possible compromise with account information, contact us immediately at (213) 740-8709 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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