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HEAT® Safety Tips

Valuable Information Your Should Know:

VEHICLE IDENTITY THEFT OCCURS WHEN A PERSON KNOWINGLY USES FALSE OR STOLEN IDENTIFICATION TO ACQUIRE A VEHICLE.


10 WAYS TO PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST IDENTITY THEFT:

  • Don’t leave your vehicle registration or proof of insurance in your car; carry it in your wallet or purse.
  • Never give your personal or financial information over the phone unless you have initiated the contact or know for certain with whom you are dealing.
  • Don’t give your credit card number over the Internet unless it is encrypted on a secure site.
  • Whenever possible, drop off outgoing mail, especially bill payments, inside a post office.
  • Have your name removed from direct mailing lists. This will stop the dangerous flow of unwanted credit card offers.
  • When you’re out of town, have the post office hold your mail.
  • Use direct deposit with your employer if available.
  • Shred all financial statements, billing statements and pre-approved credit card offers before throwing them in the trash. Cross-cut shredding is best.
  • Make sure that no one is standing behind you at an ATM. Someone may use their cell phone camera to photograph your card number and password.
  • Examine your bank and credit card statements each month for unfamiliar charges or withdrawals.


REMEMBER, IF YOU HAVE INFORMATION ABOUT AUTO THIEVES,
CALL 1-800-242-HEAT

By protecting your vehicle and being alert, you can be part of the solution,
and you can save money on your insurance premiums.


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