Identity Theft Information

Identity Theft Information

Facts About Identity Theft

Identity theft is a growing crime that affects many hundreds of thousands of citizens each year.  How can you help protect yourself from this serious crime and its devastating effects?

Deter

    • Shred financial documents
    • Protect your social security number
    • Don't give out personal information unless you are dealing with a trusted source
    • Never click on links sent in unsolicited emails
    • Don't use an obvious password
    • Keep your personal information in a secure place

Detect

    • Be alert to signs that require immediate attention:
      • Bills that do not arrive as expected
      • Unexpected credit cards or account statements
      • Denials of credit for no apparent reason
      • Calls or letters about purchases you did not make
      • Charges on your financial statements that you don't recognize
    • Inspect your credit report - law requires the major nationwide credit reporting agencies (Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion) to give you a free copy of your credit report every 12 months if you ask for it.  These three companies have created a service to order your free annual credit report:

Defend

  1. Place a fraud alert on your credit reports and review the reports carefully
  • Equifax:  800-525-6285
  • Experian: 888-EXPERIAN (397-3742)
  • TransUnion: 800-680-7289
  1. Contact the security or fraud departments of each company in which you have an account
  2. File a police report
  3. Report the theft to the Federal Trade Commission

The Federal Trade Commission is a terrific resource and reporting center for Identity Theft and other Consumer Fraud.  For additional information, contact the Federal Trade Commission's ID Theft Clearinghouse:

 

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