Protecting Identity after School

What is Identity Theft?

Identity Theft occurs when someone steals your personal information – e.g., credit card or Social Security number – and uses It fraudulently
Identity Theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States today. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) estimates that as many as 9 million Americans have had their identities stolen each year.
It can cost you time and money
It can destroy your credit and ruin your good name
Identity theft affects 10 million people in the United States every year. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has launched a campaign called "Deter. Detect. Defend."


Protect your social security number.

Shred documents containing personal information before discarding them.

Never give out information over the phone or Internet unless you know who you are dealing with.


Request your credit report at Federal law gives you the right to a free credit report every year from the three national consumer reporting companies.

Review your financial accounts regularly.

Check credit card and other bank statements for charges you did not make.


Call the three credit reporting companies and place a fraud alert on your credit report.

Call the security or fraud department of companies holding your accounts to have them close any accounts that have been tampered with or opened fraudulently. Follow up in writing and include copies of supporting documents.

File a police report.

Contact the FTC at 877.438.4338. Your information will help law enforcement officials track down and stop ID thieves.

Three Credit Card Reporting Companies

Site that can be used to protect your identity


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