Identity Theft

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

Citations

"Identity Theft Tips." The Village of Niles, IL. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Aug. 2013

. N.p.. Web. 27 Aug 2013.

By Brooke Copeland