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Protecting Your Identity

Identity Theft is a serious issue affecting more and more people every day. Learning how to prevent it is key. If your identity is stolen, being prepared decreases complications of identity theft and preparedness allows you to act quickly. Here are a few tips to help you manage your personal information and a few simple precautions to keep your information safe.

Helpful Preventive Practices

  • Leave your Social Security card, Birth Certificate, or Passport at home in a safe place
  • Only carry the credit cards you need
  • Photocopy both sides of your credit cards and store safely
  • Be careful giving out personal information over the phone
  • Create passwords and PIN numbers out of random mixed letters and numbers

Watch Your Accounts Closely

  • Monitor your credit with Experian, Transunion, and Equifax and receive monthly reports
  • Review balances and transactions often
  • Make sure every transaction on your bank card or credit card statements are accurate.

If Identity Theft Happens

  • Report to the police immediately and make copies of the report
  • Call your credit card companies and ask where to send a copy of the police report
  • File a Federal Trade Commission ID Theft Complaint and Identity Theft Affidavit

Resources

Social Security Fraud Line
: 1-800-269-0271
Credit Reporting Agencies
Equifax: 1-800-525-6285

Experian: 1-888-397-3742
Transunion: 1-800-680-7289