What is Identity theft?
Identity theft is the fastest
growing crime in the United States.
Identity theft is the theft or
misuse of someone else’s personnel or financial identifiers
in order to gain something of value and/or facilitate
What can Identity theft cost
Who can be a victim of Identity
How to prevent becoming a
Invest in a shredder and shred
all pre-approved credit applications, and any other
documents that have your personnel information on them.
Do not carry your social
security card with you, memorize the number & keep it in a
Photo copy or keep a list of
your credit cards & other information you carry in case this
information is stolen.
Do not use your social security
number for your driver’s licensee number, if you have then
have it changed.
Have a post office box or
secured mailbox, avoid using business’s that offer secure
box’s unless you know that they are reputable.
If you give out your personnel
information make sure that it will be kept safe and watch
for people around you watching or listening.
Review all three of your credit
reports on a monthly basis.
When you go to a restaurant make
sure and watch the waiter to make sure that they are not
electronically stealing your information.
What to do if you are a victim:
Report the fraud to the three
major credit bureaus.
Make a police report.
Request information on the
Call all creditors.
Review your credit reports
Obtain & use an ID Theft
Write to the credit bureaus.
Write to your creditors.
Other Resources for help:
Take the Identity Theft Vulnerability Test