Department of Public Safety Reducing Your Risk of Identity Theft Mott Community

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Department of Public Safety
March 2015
Mott
Community
College
Inside this issue:
Identity Theft
1
Assistive Devices
2
Daylight Savings Time 2
Reducing Your Risk of Identity Theft
The Federal Trade Commission advises that keeping your personal information personal and private can help reduce your risk of identity theft.
There are four areas to consider:
Information Offline—
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Lock your documents and records in a safe place at home.
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Lock your wallet or purse in a safe place at work.
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Limit what you carry.
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Shred receipts, credit offers & applications, insurance forms, statements and similar documents when you don’t need them anymore.
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Destroy prescription bottle labels.
Information Online—
Call Us—We Can
Help!

Public Safety
(810) 762-0222

Campus Closing
(810) 232-8989
Please use this line for
campus closing information leaving the
Public Safety line open
for emergencies.
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Use a wipe utility program to overwrite the entire hard drive of a computer before you dispose of it.
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Delete your information from a mobile device before disposal. Remove
the phone book, lists of calls, voicemails, messages, organizer folders,
web history and photos.
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Look for the “lock” icon on the status bar of your browser before sending personal or financial information online.
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Use strong passwords.
Social Security Number
Ask questions before you decide to share it, the business asking for it
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Department of Public Safety
Assistive Devices on Campus
In the unseasonably cold weather we are wanting to move as quickly as
possible to get out of the elements. Be mindful of those around you that
may be using assistive devices such as a wheelchair, knee walker, crutches, etc for their mobility. Afford them a range of space that allows for the
maneuvering of the device. Ask permission if it looks like you might be
able to help them. Do not touch or lean on the device as this is considered part of that persons’ personal space. Utilize handicap accessible
parking spaces only if you have the legal right to do so. If you notice barriers to accessibility or hazards on campus, report it to Public Safety at
(810) 762-0222.
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from page 1)
may accept a different kind of identification.
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Ask why they need it, how it will be used, how they will protect it
Secure Devices
Install anti-virus software, anti-spyware software and a firewall.
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Do not open files, click on links or download programs sent by
strangers.
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Only send personal information over a secure wireless network.
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Always log off your laptop when you’re finished.
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Do not use an automatic login feature.
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Keep financial information on your laptop only when necessary.
If you suspect you are the victim of identity theft, quick action is important. Start by calling one of the credit reporting companies and asking for an initial fraud alert on your credit report. Follow up with an internet visit to www.consumer.ftc.gov for more information on stopping
and repairing your identity theft.
Credit Reporting Companies
Equifax 1-800-525-6285
Experian 1-888-397-3742
TransUnion 1-800-680-7289
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