Identity Theft

In an emergency, call 911.

What is ID theft?

Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in the U.S. and abroad. It typically involves the theft of personal information — such as a person’s full name, date of birth, Social Security number, or banking information — which can be used to commit fraud.

How can identity thieves get my information?

  • Going through your mail
  • Rummaging through your trash
  • Stealing your wallet, credit cards, and ID
  • Hacking into your devices
  • Collecting your information through fraudulent scams

How can I reduce my risk of becoming a victim of ID theft?

  • Keep your personal information in a secure location
  • Shred documents containing personal information
  • Protect your mail
  • Cancel unused credit cards
  • Review your credit report annually
  • Never respond to email from strangers
  • Don’t download suspicious files or click on links to unfamiliar websites
  • Don’t send sensitive personal information over the internet
  • Don’t store financial information on your computer

I’m a victim of a major data breach. What should I do to prevent fake accounts from being opened in my name?

Contact your credit bureaus to place a fraud alert on your accounts and request a security freeze. A fraud alert requires the credit bureaus to contact you before a lender tries to open an account in your name, and a security freeze prevents them from sharing your information with anyone who may be requesting it without your knowledge.