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SOLUS: Identity Theft Protection
It's hard to believe but almost all personal documentation can be used by an ID thief to build a false identity.  Obviously, certain documentation including bank statements, investment or retirement plan statements, insurance statements or original insurance policies need to be retained and stored in a place safe from snooping eyes.  However, even most of these should be discarded after three years.

The following list contains a good sampling of documentation or information, commonly found in a home, that should always be considered for shredding.  When in doubt, ask yourself if you have access to the same documentation or information in another way.  If so, shred it.
  • Account numbers
  • Address labels from junk mail and magazines
  • ATM receipts
  • Bank statements
  • Birth certificate copies (except for one good copy)
  • Canceled and voided checks
  • Charge receipts
  • Credit and charge card bills, carbon copies, summaries and receipts
  • Credit applications
  • Credit reports and histories
  • Documents containing maiden name (used by credit card companies for security reasons)
  • Documents containing names, addresses, phone numbers or e-mail addresses
  • Documents containing passwords or PIN numbers
  • Documents relating to investments
  • Driver's licenses or items with a driver's license number
  • Employee pay stubs
  • Employment records
  • Expired charge cards
  • Expired credit and identification cards
  • Expired passports and visas
  • Insurance documents (except original policies)
  • Insurance Forms
  • Investment, stock and property transactions
  • Items with a signature (leases, contracts, letters)
  • Legal documents
  • Luggage tags
  • Medical and dental records
  • Papers with a Social Security number
  • Passwords and PINs
  • Pre-approved credit offers
  • Receipts with checking account numbers
  • Report cards
  • Resumés or curriculum vitae
  • Signatures
  • Social Security numbers
  • Tax forms
  • Transcripts
  • Travel itineraries
  • Used airline tickets
  • Utility bills (telephone, gas, electric, water, cable TV, Internet)

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