Keep your identity safe
It’s important in this day and age to keep your identity safe, both online and in real life. That means having strong passwords for your online accounts and knowing what to put in your wallet–and what to keep at home.
Read on to learn what you should never keep in your wallet.
Tax file number - like cash to a thief
A big no-no: Stowing reference to your tax file number inside your wallet. “Your tax file number is one of the most valuable pieces of information in the hands of a thief,” says Eva Velasquez, an identity theft expert. “With it, they can easily open a line of credit in your name, receive medical attention, or even commit crimes using your information.”
If your wallet is stolen with your card inside, immediately report the theft to the issuing authority and watch out for these 11 red flags someone just stole your identity.
Even if you aren’t carrying your details of your tax file number, your Medicare card is a valuable government-issued form of id. Old Medicare numbers. Only carry your card when you have a medical appointment, says Adam Levin, founder of global identity protection and data risk services firm CyberScout and author of Swiped. “All other days you make a copy of it, wipe out all but one or two numbers, and on the back write the [phone] number of an emergency contact,” he says. That way, rescuers will still be able to get the information they need during an emergency.