How Identities Get Stolen Outside of School

Identities can get stolen anywhere, anytime, and from anyone.

Giving out your personal information over the phone is one way your identity can be stolen. Another is throwing out mail that has your personal information on it, without shredding it. People could go through your trash, find your full name, social security number, birth date, etc. and steal your identity that way. Another way identities get stolen is with a skimmer. Skimmers are placed on top of things that read credit/debit cards, and they scan your card information then send it off to a computer somewhere were someone can receive all your credit/debit information.

15 Million Americans get their identity stolen every year. 100 million have their personal information at risk when lost or misplaced inside government databases.

If your identity is ever stolen, contact the Federal Trade Commission, along with the three credit bureaus (Equifax, TransUnion, Experian).

The Federal Trade Commission has reported that ID theft is the most common complaint they have had for over 10 years in a row.

Victims of identity theft

There's an Identity stolen every 3 seconds in America.

Ways to avoid getting your ID stolen

Shred any mail you receive that has any of your personal information on it.

Don't give out any personal or bank information through the phone or online

Check your bank statements regularly and check your FICO score at least annually

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