Sunday, May 3, 2009

Identity Protection

Practical Wedding Idea: Some great tips in protecting against identity theft from Identity Truth:

  1. Make the decision to either keep your maiden name or assume your spouse’s name – using both leaves room for error, as it would be difficult to keep track of where you’re using one versus the other.
  2. Keep marriage license and other personal documents locked in a safe and secure place. Make sure your SSN does not appear on the marriage license,
  3. When applying for a new driver’s license request that something other than your SSN be used as a unique identifier.
  4. When changing the address on existing credit cards, speak with the credit card issuer, as some will presume this is fraud and automatically cancel the card.
  5. Closely monitor your credit report for new incidents/events perpetrated by somebody using your maiden name.
  6. Decide how you will filling for taxes (jointly or separately) and file early with the correct name
  7. Be proactive and sign-up for an identity protection service.

1 comment:

Kelly said...

this is a little scary. i haven't even thought about it!