Keep Your Personally Identifying Information Private

Identity thieves obtain personally identifying information in myriad ways, such as stealing bank and credit card statements from mailboxes; using surveillance or eavesdropping in public places to obtain the victim's financial account numbers and passwords; searching through a victim's trash for discarded documents and mail; filing change of address forms to redirect a victim's mail to another location; using devices to record data from the magnetic strip on credit and debit cards; stealing personal information from a victim's place of business, doctor's office or school; purchasing the victim's identity information on the black market; using e-mail spamming and phishing; or, by accessing the files on a victim's computer.

The New York State Department of State Division of Consumer Protection urges consumers to keep their personally identifying information secure at all times to stave off victimization.

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Learn why and how to protect your Social Security number in the marketplace and at work

Record Retention
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Tax Filing and Privacy Tips
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Automated Teller Machine (ATM) Safety
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Protecting Your Child's Identity
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Protecting Yourself Online
Learn how to safeguard your personally identifying information while online