Identity Theft - What Can I Do?
At RCU, we take our role very seriously in protecting the non-public information we have gathered from you, our Member. We do many things to protect our Members information both technically and through controls within our operation.
Though RCU is committed to protecting your information, there are other ways for your information to get in the wrong hands. We have the appropriate controls in place to protect your private information from being leaked from RCU, but that is only half the battle when it comes to Identity Theft.
You need to do a number of things to help protect yourself from having your personal information put in the wrong hands. Below are some of the steps Members should follow to help protect themselves:
- Mail bill payments at the Post Office or secure postal station
- Don't leave mail in your mailbox any longer than necessary
- Be aware of surroundings when you use credit/debit card
- Don't give personal information over phone or electronically
- Shred your junk mail
- Look at statements for unauthorized transactions
- Review your credit report at least annually
- Know the companies you do business with
- Be skeptical about unsolicited contacts
- Only keep what you need in your wallet
RCU does not want you to go through any of the frustrations that accompany Identity Theft but if it does occur, know that RCU is available to assist you in the proper steps necessary to minimize the damage.
We will continue to share helpful hints through articles, seminars and speaking engagements about all aspects of Identity Theft concerns.