Hey! Identity theft is real. Everyone is a target. Here are four tips to help you keep your money and identity safe.

Number 1: Protect your phone with a password, and keep your passwords in a secure place.

Number 2: Shred all sensitive documents, including bank statements. Make sure that receipts don't include your full credit card number, and if they do, dispose of them properly. Before you shred those documents, always check your billing statements for suspicious charges.

Number 3: Don't give sensitive information over the phone if you did not initiate the call. If a caller claims to be from your financial institution, verify their identity before proceeding with the call.

Number 4: Don't conduct transactions on public Wi-Fi or shared computers.

For more information about how to protect your identity, visit southernbank.com/getwell. See you next time on Money Matters.

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