7) Go Paperless
Reducing the amount of paper with sensitive information can help protect you from scams. If you haven’t already done so, sign up for direct deposit. You can have your government benefit checks deposited straight into your bank account ensuring that no one is going to get their hands on it first. Checks that are coming by mail are vulnerable to theft by scam artists or even family members. It’s also a good idea to remove yourself from any mailing list that is not pertinent to you. Mail can have sensitive information on it that scammers can use to access your accounts or commit fraud. If you must have mail delivered, don’t let it sit in the mailbox for too long. Someone could steal it and use the information. If you’re sending mail, consider dropping it off directly at the post office to avoid the additional risk of a middleman.
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