Identity Theft Info

Prevention:

  1. Avoid any offer or solicitation that appears suspicious. If it sounds too good too be true, it is.
  2. Never respond to any email or mail correspondence asking for your confidential information like Social Security number, bank account number, birthday, etc. No legitimate organization will ever ask for that information in an email.
  3. Shred all paper documents that contain personal information including pre-approved credit card offers sent through the mail.
  4. Monitor your credit report every six months.
  5. Use an ID theft protection service like lifelock.com.

Recovery from ID Theft:

  1. Contact the police if you suspect you have been the victim of ID theft.
  2. Visit the Federal Trade Commission website at www.ftc.gov and download and fill out the ID theft report form.
  3. Contact the three major credit bureaus and have them put a fraud alert on your Social Security number. The three credit reporting bureaus are Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion.