What it is and how you can protect yourself
What is it?
Stealing someone's personal information and using it to assume someone's identity
How to Protect Yourself
- Be careful who you share your info with!
- Don't respond to emails asking for information
- Limit the number of credit cards you have
- Don't carry your Social Society Card or passport with you unless completely necessary
- Take credit card receipts with you and shred them at home
- Have a list of credit card and debit card contact numbers in case your identity is stolen
- Shred pre-approved credit offers and credit card offers before throwing them away.
How to Detect if Your Identity is Stolen
- Unexplained withdrawals on your bank account
- Card declined at cash registers
- IRS states that you have a 2 refunds in your name
If your identity has been compromised...
- Immediately freeze all credit and debit cards in your name
- Call appropiate crediters and alert them that your identity has been stolen
- Place a fraud alert
- Create an identity theft report
"Identity Theft Tips." The Village of Niles, IL. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Aug. 2013
. N.p.. Web. 27 Aug 2013.