- When you are asked to provide personal information,
ask how it will be used, why it is needed, with
whom it will be shared and how it will be safeguarded.
- Be particularly careful about your Social Insurance
Number (SIN); it is an important key to your identity,
especially in credit reports and computer databases. Use other
types of identification when possible (and when your SIN is not
required by law). Only provide personal information on the phone or
through the mail when you have initiated the
contact or are dealing with someone you know.
- Provide personal information over the Internet only
when you know that the communication channel is
- If you receive a call from someone claiming to
represent your credit card issuer or your bank and the
caller asks for your credit card number, do not provide it. If the
call is legitimate, the issuer will already know your credit card
- Never disclose your Personal Identification Number
(PIN) to anyone. No one from a financial institution, the
police or a merchant should ask for your PIN.