Prevent Identity Theft

Information to Prevent Identity Theft

Types of Indentity Theft

Tax Related Indentity Theft- An identity thief may use your Social Security number to get a job or to take your tax refund.

Child Indentity Theft- A child's Social Security number can be used by identity thieves to apply for government benefits, open bank and credit card accounts, apply for a loan or utility service, or rent a place to live.

Medical Identity Theft- A thief may use your name or health insurance numbers to see a doctor, get prescription drugs, file claims with your insurance provider, or get other care.

Signs of Identity Theft

- You see withdrawals from your bank account that you can’t explain.

  • - You don’t get your bills or other mail.
  • - Merchants refuse your checks.
  • - Debt collectors call you about debts that aren’t yours.
  • - You find unfamiliar accounts or charges on your credit report.
  • - Medical providers bill you for services you didn’t use.
  • - Your health plan rejects your legitimate medical claim because the records show you’ve reached your benefits limit.
  • - A health plan won’t cover you because your medical records show a condition you don’t have.
  • - The IRS notifies you that more than one tax return was filed in your name, or that you have income from an employer you don’t work for.
  • - You get notice that your information was compromised by a data breach at a company where you do business or have an account.
  • Citations

    information- ftc.gov

    video- howstuffworks.com

    pictures- tecnogiants.net, blog.equifax.com