Home Safety

Protecting Your Identity

Identity theft involves using another person’s Social Security number and other identifying information to fraudulently open new accounts for financial gain – sometimes for months or years before the victim even knows their identity has been stolen.


You can take steps to reduce the likelihood that your identity will be targeted. Here are a few tips to protect your Social Security number and mail.

Protect your Social Security number (SSN)

  • Don't carry your Social Security card in your wallet.
  • Avoid carrying cards with your SSN, particularly health insurance cards, unless you need them to receive care.
  • Request that your driver's license number be different from your Social Security number.


Protecting your mail

  • Use either a secure locking mailbox or a post office box.
  • Never place outbound mail (at home or work) in an open, unlocked mailbox.
  • Never leave mail in your car.
  • Investigate immediately if expected statements or bills from your financial institutions do not arrive on time.
  • Contact an American Family Insurance agent, visit our web site www.amfam.com, or call 1-800-MYAMFAM (1-800-692-6326) for more information.