When you throw away a piece of paper that has your personal information on it, are you giving valuable information to a would-be thief?
Remember, thieves aren’t beyond “dumpster diving,” so destroy any documents with your personal information on it before throwing it away. Get a cross-cut shredder so that when you dispose of an item that contains your personal information, you can get rid of it safely.
You’ll want to be sure to shred things that have your financial information on it, like bank statements, credit card receipts, credit card statements, cancelled checks, payroll documents and your tax filings.
Make sure you also shred the things that thieves can use to steal your identity, including pre-approved credit card applications, job applications, insurance forms and even old student records.