How do I Protect myself?

Carrie Savage

What is Identity Theft?

Identity Theft is the crime of obtaining the personal or financial information of another person for the sole purpose of assuming that person's name or identity in order to make transactions or purchases.
http://www.investopedia.com/terms/i/identitytheft.asp


Steps to Protect Yourself

  • Guard your important information.
  • Monitor bank statements.
  • Shred important documents.
  • Make passwords only you know.
  • Avoid spam.
  • Be cautious when using an ATM.


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What to do if your identity is stolen...

1. File a police report
2. Alert your credit card
3. Alert a credit company reporting agency
4. Contact the Federal Trade Commission


Credit Reporting Agency

Equifax: (800) 685-1111
Experian: (888) 397-3742
TransUnion: (800) 916-8800


How Someone Can Steal Your Identity

  • Skimming is where identity thefts get information from credit cards, drivers licenses, etc.
  • Phishing is when predators send emails acting like a legitimate company to get information such as social security numbers and addresses.
  • Stealing from the actual victim like looking in the trash can at their home.