Identity Theft

By: Colin Hurt and Maddie Walters

What is Identity Theft?

Identity theft is the fraudulent acquisition and use of a person's private identifying information, usually for financial gain.

How Can it Occur?

How Can It Be Prevented?

Secure social security number, do not carry it with you unless needed. Do not respond to unsolicited requests for personal information. Cover the keypad when typing personal information. Collect mail promptly when it arrives. Pay attention to billing sentences when they are received. Shred personal information when done with it. Store personal information in safe places. Install firewalls and virus detection software in computers. Create complex passwords for accounts. Order your credit report annually and report suspicious activity immediately.

What Should a Victim of Identity theft Do?

Place an initial fraud alert. Order your credit report. Create an identity theft report, such as a police report and a report to the federal Trade Commission. Request a credit card freeze. Place an extended fraud alert.