1 After you have finished with them, be sure to shred documents that contain personal or financial information before throwing them away.
2 Go paperless. Sign up for online billing and financial statements and direct deposits, to help make sure your personal information – and your money – doesn't fall into the wrong hands.
3 Notify all your financial institutions of your new address ahead of time if you move – make sure the next person in your home isn't getting your mail.
4 Make sure someone you trust collects your mail for you if you are away.
5 Missing bills or statements may mean someone is tampering with your mail or your identity. If you suspect something is wrong, report it to the company or financial institution you were expecting mail from as soon as you are able, and, if possible, put a lock on your mailbox.
6 Look out for mail fraud, including chain letters, unsolicited merchandise and offers.