2016 a chance to start new with finances
With the start of a New Year comes the chance to start again; the chance to turn the page and begin anew. Especially with financial scams once again making their way to Wadena, it's time to take steps to be aware of your financial situation. Ther...
With the start of a New Year comes the chance to start again; the chance to turn the page and begin anew.
Especially with financial scams once again making their way to Wadena, it's time to take steps to be aware of your financial situation. There's no better time to resolve to take steps that will protect your personal and financial information.
The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota offers some ways to be more prepared for whatever might come your way.
• Check your credit report for free at AnnualCreditReport.com. Review it closely for errors and report any inconsistencies you see. Checking your credit report helps you catch signs of identity theft early.
• 2Sign up for the Do Not Call Registry by visiting donotcall.gov/ or by calling (888)382-1222. This should reduce the number of telemarketing calls you receive at home. You can also register your cellphone number on this list.
• If you're looking to cut down on the amount of unsolicited offers you receive through the mail, visit dmachoice.org/.
• Dispose of older bank and credit card statements, expired credit cards and unwanted credit card solicitations securely by shredding them with a cross-cut paper shredder.
• When using public wifi connections, don't make any purchases or share any sensitive personal information. Public means public and fraudsters are known to frequent wifi hotspots. Always verify the network before accessing it.
• If you receive an offer or solicitation, research the company or charity for free with Better Business Bureau at bbb.org or (800) 646-6222.
• Never respond to phone calls or emails asking to "verify" your personal information. Your bank, your credit card provider, the IRS - none of these organizations will call or email asking for your confidential information. They already have it on file.
• Secure or lock sensitive personal documents around your home, especially if you have roommates, employ outside help or are having work performed in your home.
• Don't store credit card numbers or other financial information on your smartphone or tablet. Add a passcode lock (or security password) on your smartphone or tablet.
• Change your email and social media passwords and 'beef up' your security by creating hard to crack passwords. Choose passwords that are easy for you to remember but difficult for others to guess. Incorporate a combination of numbers, capital letters and symbols. Avoid using the same password for all of your accounts, and never share your passwords with anyone else.
Though it's nearly impossible to protect yourself completely from fraud and schemes, consumers who take these steps will be doing a lot to keep themselves safe and secure in the coming year.
Wadena Pioneer Journal