Councilman Dan Garodnick (D-Manhattan) said in a news conference Tuesday that identity theft is on the rise citywide, but there are simple steps to avoid scammers.
The Manhattan district attorney's office handles 200 to 300 ID-theft cases a month, and the load is increasing, Garodnick said.
He gave several pointers to help avoid ID theft:
Be wary of email from strangers
Shop with trusted merchants
Don't use public computers or unsecured wireless connections for transactions
Use secure website browsers and URLs that begin with "https://"
Pay by credit card rather than debit
Keep a paper trail
Wipe your computer's hard drive before recycling it.