Identity Theft

Identity Theft Effects Many

Approximately 15 million United States residents have their identities used fraudulently each year with financial losses totalling upwards of $50 billion

Roughly 16.6 million people ages 16 or older were victims of identity theft in 2012. Among those victimized, credit card accounts (40%) or existing bank accounts (37%) were the most common types of misused information.

How to Detect ID Theft

  • Regularly check you bank and credit card statements that you did not make.
  • Sign up for a reliable credit monitoring program from a reputable company such as Experian.
  • Check you credit scores with sites like Credit Karma for drastic changes in your credit score.

How to Prevent ID Theft

If your identity has been stolen:

  • Contact the Federal Trade Commission at 877.438.4338
  • File a police report
  • Close all accounts that have been tampered with.
  • Contact all three of the credit reporting companies below

Tips to Avoid Having Your ID Stolen

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