Denver DA’s Office offers tips to avoid ID theft

KUSA – If you think you’re immune to identity theft, people who work with victims every day will tell you differently.

Identity theft can happen after a burglary, a car theft or just carelessness of the record keeper. That carelessness can be as simple as not shredding your documents or just trashing items with your name on it.

Maro Casparian is the director of consumer fraud at Denver District Attorney’s Office. Her job is to educate people about identity theft, how it happens and how to prevent it.

Prevent ID theft at Saturday’s Shred-A-Thon. 9News at 4pm. 05/14/2014.

Casparian said the first thing people should do is shred their documents.

Any document that contains adult or child information is important to properly get rid of. Casparian said many children fall victims to ID theft and don’t even know it until they’re old enough to go to college.

Here are other tips from Casparian:

1. Never carry your Social Security card with you

2. Don’t carry Medicaid card either, it has your Social Security number on it

3. Don’t leave identifying information in the car

4. Shred junk mail

“I had this one woman say, ‘well I don’t need a shredder, because what I throw all my trash, my eggs, my coffee grounds etc. on top of my garbage. They don’t want to go through that,'” Casparian said. “Dumpster diving is one of the number one ways that people steal your identity. If someone is willing to jump into the dumpster, they don’t care if there’s egg or coffee grounds there to wipe off. When you throw your stuff away in the trash, make sure it’s shredded.”

Casparian also suggests that if you are mailing something important, take it to the Post Office or the mail box. Raising the little red flat on your box to alert the post man, is also alerting the thief of something important to steal.

This year’s Shred-a-thon will be held on May 17 from 7 a.m. to noon at the following locations:

The money donated goes to fund rewards Crime Stoppers offers in criminal investigations.

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