Identity Theft Prevention Quiz

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The following ID Theft Prevention Quiz is offered as a free public service. The quiz is anonymous and can be completed in less than 3 minutes. At the conclusion of the quiz you receive a Safety Score and some practical steps to take to protect your identity (or STOP the damage if your identity has already been compromised).

Identity Theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in America today. By stealing bits of your personal information, thieves can commit fraud against you by, among other things:

  • Opening credit card accounts or other accounts in your name
  • Purchasing merchandise or cars
  • Withdrawing money from your bank accounts
  • Adopting your identity with law enforcement

Let's begin...

Question 1:
I shred or burn all unused documents which contain my personal information such as bank statements, utility bills, cancelled checks, and credit card offers I receive in the mail.
Question 2:
When I am out of town I either have my mail held by the US Postal Service or collected each day by someone I trust.
Question 3:
My mailbox or PO Box is locked so that no one can view my incoming mail.
Question 4:
My outgoing mail is never left in an unsecured home mailbox.
Question 5:
I mail return postcards (not in an envelope) which contain my name and address such as contest cards and warranty cards.
Question 6:
I know when I usually receive bills in the mail each month and call the creditor if the bill is a week overdue.
Question 7:
I never leave personal information unprotected in my home where it can be viewed by others.
Question 8:
My Drivers License number is printed on my personal checks.
Question 9:
My Social Security Number is the same as my Drivers License Number.
Question 10:
My Social Security Number is used to identify me at work or school.
Question 11:
I never reveal personal information unless absolutely necessary.
Question 12:
I look around me for who might be listening when in public places, such as banks, before giving anyone my Social Security Number.
Question 13:
I normally carry identification cards in my wallet or purse which contain my social security number.
Question 14:
I normally carry this number of credit cards:
Question 15:
If I submit reimbursement receipts for work or other purposes, I always remove my credit card number first.
Question 16:
I review my credit report from each of the three main credit bureaus (Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion) and look for items which might indicate identity theft:
Question 17:
On my computer or laptop I use an internet firewall and anti-spyware software.
Question 18:
My computer or laptop requires a security logon password to access it.
Question 19:
When left unused for more than 10 minutes, my computer requires a password to log on.
Question 20:
When using an ATM, I always make sure no one can see what PIN number I use.
Question 21:
I review all my bank or brokerage account statements when I receive them and look for any transactions which I don't recognize.
Question 22:
I put credit card receipts in my wallet or purse until I get home instead of leaving them in shopping bags.

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