Avoiding Identity Theft
- Monitor accounts and bank statements each month. Address any irregularities immediately.
- Check credit reports multiple times a year for errors and irregularities. Report these immediately, as it may take months to resolve fraudulent action. Credit reports can be purchased from the following agencies:
- Be careful of what goes into the trash and recycling. Important documents, old credit cards or credit card offers, and other sensitive information should be shredded before being discarded.
- Use caution when online. Only purchase from trusted vendors and secure websites, which have a https:// address, as opposed to http://. Make sure you are on a secure website when entering sensitive information.
- Select complex passwords. Do not use your mother’s maiden name, your birthdate, or your name as an online password. Verify sources before sharing information. If an individual or online site seems untrustworthy, research it thoroughly before handing over sensitive information.
- Protect your Social Security number. Do not carry your Social Security card with you, and provide it only when absolutely necessary. If possible, ask to use other identifiers in its place. Ask how the information will be used.
- Protect belongings such as wallets and purses, book bags and handbags.
- Store information in secure locations at home, especially if you have roommates or employ outside help.
- Only share information with trusted individuals who have a legitimate need for it. This includes family members.
Emergency Line: 617-824-8888
Business Line (non-emergency requests and information): 617-824-8555
Security is everyone's responsibility at Emerson. These steps can help ensure your own safety and the safety of others:
1. Carry your student ID at all times and cooperate with College officials asking you to identify yourself.
2. When walking after dark, use the "buddy system." Stay on main streets with good lighting and pedestrian traffic.
3. Report all suspicious activity on Emerson property to the Police Department at 617-824-8555.
4. Do not invite unfamiliar individuals into campus facilities.
5. When entering and exiting a campus facility, secure the door behind you and follow check-in and check-out procedures.
6. Immediately report all incidents of theft, intrusion, or physical harm to the Police Department.
7. The MBTA provides safe and reliable service from 5:30 am to 12:30 am daily. To check routes and maps, visit www.mbta.com.