If your home suffered damage during the recent severe storms in North Alabama, it’s important to be vigilant when hiring a contractor for home repairs, but there is something else to consider. If your home suffered significant damage and you lost personal belongings, you may no longer have all of your credit cards or personal papers that contain your Social Security number or bank account numbers. You may be at risk for identity theft.
How do you safeguard yourself from identity theft in this situation? Below are steps to take right away.
For more information on how to recover from identity theft, go to www.idtheft.gov.
For tips on hiring a home repair contractor and avoiding storm chasers, check out Do Your Homework When Hiring Disaster Repair Services and BBB Tip On: “Storm Chasers” After a Natural Disaster.