Protect Your Identity; Protect Your Financial Future
- Don’t leave your wallet or statements lying around—even at home.
- Don’t carry Social Security cards or anything with your Social Security number on it.
- Keep track of your credit card receipts and carbons.
- Never tell anyone your card number over the phone, unless you initiate the phone call.
- Never allow your credit card number to be used as identification.
- Collect your mail regularly and destroy unwanted credit solicitations.
- Monitor your credit statements.
- Visit AnnualCreditReport.com and review your credit report at least once a year. Report errors and inaccuracies immediately.
If you become a victim, acting quickly is the key to minimizing damage. Take these steps if you feel your identity has been stolen:
- File a police report.
- Immediately notify issuers of credit.
- Contact the fraud department of each of the credit reporting agencies to place a temporary 90-day Fraud Alert on your file.
- Monitor your credit file.
- Contact your local state Attorney General’s office and the Federal Trade Commission (877-IDTHEFT).