Identity Theft

Info and protection

Amelia Erwin

What is it?

A criminal or regular person steals someone's personal information or identity for their own financial gain.

How to protect yourself:

  • Know who you share information with;
  • dispose of your personal forms including your social security number correctly like shredding bills
  • make sure you and make good and challenging passwords for your computer and other devices.
  • Don't over-share on Social media.

What to do if yours is stolen?

  • Make a report saying that your identity has been stolen
  • Call credit card companies and tell them to cancel the cards
  • Ask companies to put a fraud alert on your credit file.
  • File a complaint with the FTC

How do people steal your Identity?

  • Dumpster Diving- people will go through your trash to find left over files
  • Chat Rooms
  • Credit cards
  • Social security code
  • Driver's license posted on social media
  • If you put out personal info on any social media website.
  • Phishing- creating fake websites acting like companies , then sending an email acting like that company.