Protecting Against Identity Theft

Your personal identity information may allow an unscrupulous person to open unauthorized charge accounts, or order goods and services and bill them to you without your permission. They may even access your personal or business accounts for withdrawals or purchases, to secure loans, to hide illegal funds, or to remain secluded from law enforcement or gain employment by circumventing criminal background checks. Each of us has personal information worth stealing, and our exposure can be great; however, we can minimize our risk by knowing how to prevent and respond to identity theft.

HOW CAN SOMEONE GET MY INFORMATION
Your personal identity information is used to process practically every non-cash transaction: ATM machines, bills and receipts thrown in the trash, public records, unsecured mailboxes, stolen pocketbooks, internet transactions, phony notices...

 
 
HOW TO PREVENT PEOPLE FROM GETTING MY INFORMATION
While no one is completely safe from identity theft, there are some simple measures that can be taken to help secure your personal information and guard against identity theft. If someone has stolen your information, catching it early is the key!

 
WHAT TO DO IF MY INFORMATION HAS BEEN STOLEN
Please remember never confront a criminal yourself. Contact your local law enforcement agency, give them all the information you have about the person who has stolen your information, and ask them to make a report. Here are some other things you should do...

 
 
INSTITUTIONS YOU MAY WANT TO CONTACT
Contact information and resoures you may wish to use...