This site contains information on how to protect yourself from identity theft, as well as what to do if your personal information becomes exposed or if you actually become a victim of identity theft. Links to additional information can be found under Resources.
Identity theft occurs when someone uses another person’s personal information such as name, Social Security number, driver’s license number, credit card number, or other identifying information to take on that person’s identity in order to commit fraud or other crimes.
The following tips can help lower your risk of becoming a victim of identity theft.
If you have reason to believe your personal information has been compromised or stolen, contact the Fraud Department of one of the three major credit bureaus listed below. Individuals whose personal information was involved in this incident can request a free initial (90-day) fraud alert to be placed on their credit files by calling any one of the three major national credit bureaus or completing an online form. Submit one online form request and all three agencies will add the fraud alert.
You may request a free annual credit report, one per year, from AnnualCreditReport.com as recommended by the Federal Trade Commission.
Social Security Administration
SSA Fraud Hotline: 800-269-0271http://www.ssa.gov/
If you are the victim of a stolen Social Security number, the Social Security Administration (SSA) can provide information on how to report the fraudulent use of your number and how to correct your earnings record. We encourage you to contact the SSA Fraud Hotline immediately once you suspect identity theft.
The website also provides tips on using and securing your Social Security number. Visit the SSA website for advice on keeping your number safe.
ID Theft Clearinghouse
Call the ID Theft Clearinghouse to report identity theft. Counselors will take your complaint and advise you how to deal with the credit-related problems that could result from identity theft.
Local Law Enforcement
It is important that you report identity theft to your local police department as soon as you become aware that you are a victim. Get a copy of the police report; it will assist you when notifying creditors, credit reporting agencies, and if necessary, the Social Security Administration.
The following links provide detailed information related to identity theft and protecting yourself.
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