Following these rules can help you protect yourself from identity theft. The rules also will tell you what to do if you do become a victim of identity theft. These are my rules, some of which I even follow.
Although this list of rules is quite lengthy, in fact, they are not particularly difficult to follow, and, by doing so, you can go a long way toward protecting yourself from becoming a victim of identity theft:
Never give personal information over the phone to anyone whom you have not called, and always be sure of to whom you are speaking.
Carry only the credit cards that you need to use ...