What do you do? Advice

Here's a list of what you should do to better protect yourself and your family:

  1. Read every piece of mail that comes to your house and carefully. That means doctors’ bills, an explanation of insurance benefits from your insurance company and of course bank statements. If you see something funny. Report it.
  2. Check your credit. Everyone is able to get a free credit report from the 3 major credit companies, Equifax, Experian and Trans Union, once a year.
  3. Freeze your credit. This means no one can take out a new line of credit in your name.
  4. Avoid using checks. A stolen check has routing and account information right on it.
  5. Never use your pin on a debit card. Always process as credit.
  6. Change your passwords often and make them difficult. That's for your email, bank information and any logins.
  7. When buying on line use a pre-paid card.  Our experts recommend a card you buy at the grocery store and use it for online shopping. It can only possess what you put on that card.
  8. Talk to your bank. See what kind of added protections your bank can offer you.
  9. See something. Say Something. If you see someone buying up a ton of gift cards, or using a ton of gift cards report it.

For more tips and advice, the Better Business Bureau offers more fraud protection information here