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Keep Your Check Impersonal

Keep Your Check Impersonal

Safeguarding Your Financial Information and Identity

Keep Your Check Impersonal

While it's convenient to put personal information on your checks, that information can be used by identity thieves. Don't put Social Security numbers, driver's license numbers, and phone numbers on your checks. Some people even leave off their home address.

And if a retailer asks to add personal information to a check, be careful. In some states it is legal for merchants to ask for and place credit card numbers on checks, for example, while in other states it is not. If you are asked for credit card information, use a debt card instead of writing a check – that way you avoid the situation altogether.

Bottom line? Keep in mind that often what is convenient for you is also convenient for an identity thief.

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