How To Protect Your Identity

By Robert Robillard on Home And Personal Safety

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How To Protect From  Identity Fraud

1. Request a credit report often and continue to monitor it. You can sign up with the three major credit bureaus to be notified of any unusual activity.

2. Avoid giving out your Social Security number. Only a few places have the authority to ask for your Social Security number—your employer, the Department of Motor Vehicles, the police, welfare services, the IRS, and institutions that handle taxes.

3. Make sure you’re receiving your bills each month. If you end up missing one, find out why and follow up to make sure charges are appropriate.

4. Review all your credit card statements. Notify the company immediately oif there are discrepancies.

5. Use a second (alis) e-mail-account for purchases online and when asked by retail stores.
6. Sign up for the Do Not Call list (; stop pre-approved credit card and insurance offers from reaching you by mail or phone (

7. Box junk mail. Use the Direct Marketing Association to help you stop receiving mailings (

8. Shread all of your bills and statements.

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Robert Robillard

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Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzz As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising the bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob

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