Moving can be chaotic and things can get lost in the shuffle. One thing you don’t want to lose track of though, is your private identity information. Therefore, it is absolutely crucial that you take measures to safeguard your identity during your relocation with these tips from the experts.
Keep personal information in a safe place
When going through belongings and most especially documents of all types, keep your eyes open for anything which has your date of birth, driver’s license number, bank account number, or social security number included. Be sure that these things are put away in a very safe place (perhaps a safe or locking file cabinet that you will transport in your vehicle). Keep a shredder handy and use it liberally when you are packing.
Get your mail transferred immediately
With the rush of moving, it’s easy to forget something like sending in your change of address card to the post office. That can be a big mistake! Be sure to change your address with your post office, employer, bank, credit card and loan companies. You do not want your personal information stuck in an unattended mailbox.
As always, be careful with personally identifying information. Do not share your social security number, credit card numbers, or other pertinent data by phone unless you are completely certain of who you are giving that information to. When applying for new utilities, an apartment or a new mortgage, the same rule applies. Know who is requesting your information and why they need it. You might find that in some cases, it is not really necessary at all. The less this info is shared, the safer it is. Paying with a check or third party account like PayPal is an added security layer as well.
Review your credit cards
If you don’t already; reviewing each of your credit cards the month or so after your move is an excellent idea. Look for any newly opened accounts or inquiries that you do not recognize. Catching identity theft early is very important. If you see any issues; take action immediately.
Hire trustworthy movers
Unfortunately some companies have established bad reputations, but this is not to be expected from every moving company. Protect your identity by employing a fully licensed and insured moving company like American Moving and Storage. Our team of qualified professionals are here to provide you with affordable relocation solutions and storage options that meet your specific needs. Find out how we can we help you. Call us today at 912-401-0362 to learn more about our professional packing, crating, moving, and storage services.