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Identity Theft

IDENTITY THEFT PREVENTION TIPS

  • Check your credit report(s) at least once a year at www.annualcreditreport.com
  • Do not carry unnecessary personal information in your purse or wallet.
  • Monitor your bank account statements regularly.
  • Shred sensitive information.
  • Never provide personal information to anyone who contacts you unexpectedly.
  • Don’t click on links in emails from unknown senders.
  • Use Internet passwords that are hard to guess and change them regularly.
  • Set passcodes on your smartphones.
  • If doing business online, make sure the site is secure.  It should start with “https”.
  • Keep your computer and security software updated.

SIGNS OF IDENTITY THEFT

  • You find inaccurate personal information on your credit report.
  • Bill collectors contact you about debts you do not owe.
  • You are denied credit for no apparent reason.

STEPS TO TAKE IF YOU ARE A VICTIM OF IDENTITY THEFT

  • File a police report.
  • Place a fraud alert on your credit report by contacting Equifax at 800-525-6285, Experian at 888-397-3742 and Transunion at 800-680-7289.
  • Order your credit reports and contact your bank or credit provider.

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