Identity Theft

How to Prevent and Resolve this issue Adrianne Savage

What is identity theft?

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

How can you protect yourself?

  • Vigilance is your best weapon. Regularly check your credit reports for unauthorized activity, guard your Social Security number and keep track of all your contacts.

Identity Theft is a Serious Crime

How can someone steal your identity?

  • dumpster diving
  • shoulder surfing
  • in the workplace
  • phishing
  • and many more

What do you do if your identity is stolen?

If you take action quickly, you can stop an identity thief from doing more damage. Follow these three steps as soon as possible:

  1. Place an Initial Fraud Alert
  2. Order Your Credit Reports
  3. Create an Identity Theft Report

Resolving identity theft takes phone calls and letters. Create a system to organize your papers and calls, and to track deadlines