Protect, Detect & Take Action
You are your best defense against identity theft
- 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.
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.
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.