Identity Theft

By: Isabel

What is identity theft?

A type of fraud which involves stealing money or gaining benefits by pretending to be someone else.
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How Does Identity Theft Happen

How can you prevent this from happening?

  • Keep you financial records in a safe place
  • Shred any documents that are no longer needed instead of throwing them in the trash
  • Take your mail out of your mailbox as soon as you get it
  • Do not give out any information if someone calls you or emails you
  • Only give your social security number if needed and ask why they need it
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What should you do if your identity is stolen?

  • Put fraud alert on your credit cards
  • Contact any institution directly affected
  • Contact the Federal Trade Commission
  • File a police report
  • Protect your social security number