Identity Theft

Identity theft occurs when someone uses your identity in a crime or fraudulent act. It can happen to anyone—but there are steps you can take to protect yourself and to recover if it happens to you.

Learn more about identity theft from the Federal Trade Commission. If your information was stolen in a data breach, visit identitytheft.gov/databreach for specific steps to take.

Protect Yourself

  • Read your credit card and bank statements each month.
  • Never give your credit card number over the phone, unless you made the call and trust the business or person.
  • Report suspicious transactions to your credit card company or bank.
  • Review a copy of your credit report at least once each year. Notify the credit bureau in writing of any questionable entries.
  • Shred any documents with personal or financial information on them.

Report Fraud

If you're a victim of identity theft or have information about these types of crimes, you can:

Resources

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