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Protect Your Identity

Avoid ID Theft: Deter, Detect, Defend.

The Federal Trade Commission (ftc.gov) created a website to educating people about the various aspects of identity theft. Listed below are just a few topics that the website covers, visit the FTC's Website to learn more.

  • What identity theft means & how it can occur
  • How to find out if your identity was stolen
  • What to do if your identity is stolen
  • How to protect yourself from identity theft
  • How to file a complaint with the FTC

Protect Your Identity

Identity theft can cause more headache than you may realize. In fact, it can make it hard for you to put utilities in your name, get a job, rent an apartment, and more! It's never to late to change your habits to protect yourself from identity theft. Learn more at consumer.gov, a website sponsored by the Federal Trade Commission.

  • Keep your financial records, Social Security and Medicare cards in a safe place
  • Shred papers and solicitations that have your account number, personal, or medical information listed
  • Take mail out of your mailbox as soon as you can
  • Only give your Social Security Number if you must, ask if you can use another kind of identification
  • Never give your financial or personal information to someone who calls or emails you
  • Watch your bills and account statements for transactions that were not done by you

Help! I think my identity has been stolen!

  • Place a fraud alert with the credit reporting bureaus
    • Equifax: 1-800-525-6285
    • Experian: 1-888-397-3742
    • TransUnion: 1-800-680-7289
  • Click here to view a copy of the FTC's Taking Charge checklist to learn what to do if you suspect identity theft
  • Visit ftc.gov/idtheft to access the FTC's Identity Theft Resources website
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