Identity Theft

Protect, Detect & Take Action

You are your best defense against identity theft

Protect

  • Keep your personal information to yourself.
  • Don't print social security number on checks.
  • Don't carry your social security card, passport or birth certificate unless needed.
  • Shred documents with personal information including credit card offers.
  • Never provide important information over the phone, email or on the internet.
  • Memorize all PINs and passwords. Do not write them down.
  • Send sensitive mail using a Post Office drop box.

Detect

Be aware if you:

  • Receive bills on accounts you did not open.
  • Notice unauthorized charges on credit card statements.
  • Fail to receive bills you should be receiving.
  • Find inaccurate or fraudulent information on your credit report. Check your credit report for free at annualcreditreport.com or call 1-877-322-8228.
  • Receive credit cards that you did not apply for.
  • Get calls from debt collectors for purchases you didn't make.

Take Action

The faster you react the sooner you stop the damage.

  • Place a fraud alert on your credit reports and review your credit reports.
  • Close accounts that you know, or believe have been affected.
  • File a complaint with the Attorney General's Office.
  • File a police report and an identity theft incident report.
  • Request that credit bureaus identify accounts closed due to fraud as "closed at consumer's request."
  • Check your post office for unauthorized change of address requests.