Identity Theft 101 by Bri Dickson

Get the 411 on Identity Theft and how you can prevent it.

What Is Identity Theft?

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

Ten Ways to Protect Yourself From Identity Theft:

  1. Guard your social security number, PINs, passwords and account numbers.
  2. Monitor bank statements and credit card statements.
  3. Shred documents.
  4. Make sure websites are secure.
  5. Be cautious when sharing computers.
  6. Guard your laptop, cell phone, PDA and other technology against theft.
  7. Keep copies of cards and documents.
  8. Treat mail with care.
  9. Avoid phishing scams.
  10. Be cautious when using the ATM.

You may ask how can someone steal your identity? Well, I'll tell you.

What do to if Your Identity is Stolen?

  • Flag your Credit Reports
  • Order Your Credit Reports
  • Create an Identity Theft Report