Protecting your Identity
Some 500,000 to 700,000 Americans a year are at risk of having their identities stolen, according to government and private sector estimates. Identity theft occurs when someone steals your personal information and uses it to establish credit, borrow money, charge items or even commit crimes in your name.
While the incidence of internet identity theft is growing, fraud experts agree that you still are more likely to become a victim of this federal crime by more traditional means, such as improperly discarding credit card or other financial data.
Here are some tips on how to avoid becoming an ID theft victim and what to do should you be stung by one of these thieves.
Tips to Protect Your Identity
If You Become a Victim of ID Theft
If you find you have become a victim of identity theft, immediately take the following actions:
Suspect identity theft if you are denied credit for no apparent reason or if routine financial statements stop arriving in a timely manner.
We have compiled three very useful documents that you should use if you ever find that you are a victim of identity theft.