Consumer Watch: Avoiding identity theft during a move

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by Andy Treinen

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 26, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 26 at 5:41 PM

(WHAS11) -- Summer is prime time for moving, and while packing up those personal belongings is important, consumers should be just as cautious with personal information. Good Morning Kentuckiana’s Andy Treinen has some tips in Thursday's Consumer Watch. 

With kids out of school, summer time is a popular time to make a move. Many consumers take care when packing up a moving truck with household items, but scammers are looking for something else.

“What many people do is they spend more time thinking about how to protect their tangible things -- like, "How many times do I need to wrap this picture frame with bubble wrap, than they do thinking about how to protect the intangible things like their identity,” says Joe Mason who is the Identity Guard Senior Vice President

To protect personal information, keep some tips from security experts in mind:

  • Make a checklist of accounts that need to be updated with new information.
  • Devices like laptops and desktop computers should be secured with passwords.
  • Getting rid of papers? Shred sensitive documents.
  • Documents like birth certificates, social security cards, and wills should stay with you, rather than the back of a truck.

Identity theft can occur before, during and after a move, and people need to be very vigilant, very selfish, with the information that's theirs.

After you're settled in, review your moving checklist again to make sure old accounts are closed out, and check banking and credit accounts to make sure nothing looks suspicious.

If you have a consumer issue you’d like us to look into send an e-mail to consumerwatch@whas11.com.
 

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