Never leave receipts behind where someone could pick them up, such as gas pump, supermarket, and ATM receipts. Never let anyone put your account number on a check or any other document not associated with a purchase on your account. (This is against the law in some states.)
Never give your account number to someone calling you on the phone, even if the caller says it will be used to claim a prize or award.
Keep your credit or debit card in a secure place where you will immediately know if it is missing.
Never leave you credit or debit card as a "security deposit" or as identification. Instead, use your driver's license.
Never lend you credit or debit card to anyone.
When you are expecting a new or replacement credit or debit card always check the mail.
Report a lost or stolen cards immediately to the financial institution.
Use extra caution when using your credit or debit card online, make sure the site you plan on purchasing from is legitimate.
Never carry your PIN in your wallet or write it on the back of your credit or debit card.
Review your credit bureau reports regularly. This may be the only way to identify if you are a victim of identity theft.