What is identity theft?
Identity theft is the unauthorized use of someone’s personal information (e.g. social security number, bank account information, and credit and debit card numbers) usually for the purpose of financial gain. Identity theft is a serious crime that can be costly and also cause serious damage to a person’s credit history.
How do criminals steal your identity?
If your personal information is stolen, what can criminals do with that information?
How can you protect yourself from being a victim of identity theft?
- Protect your important papers by locking them in a safe place and shredding documents that include personal identifying information
- Keep your Social Security Number, bank account information, etc. secure and never give out to anyone unless you initiate the contact
- Be aware of online scams and impersonators
- Protect your computers and mobile devices by making sure your anti-virus software is up-to-date and by not clicking on links or downloading files sent by someone unknown to you