Protecting Your Identity While Online
Be aware of the following:
  • Never give out your information to a person or a company that contacted you first.
  • You never can be too cautious when protecting your personal information.
  • Know who you are dealing with when shopping or divulging personal information online.
  • If something sounds too good to be true it most likely is.

Signs that your identity has been stolen:
  • Statements for your financial accounts stop arriving at the normal time without prior notice from your financial institution.
  • Bills start coming for things you did not buy, or charges show up on your credit card statement for purchases you did not make.

What do you do if your identity is stolen?
Immediately file a police report and retain a copy. Then contact your creditors, banks, credit bureau, local law enforcement agency and the Federal Trade Commission by phone and in writing. Let them know that you have become the victim of identity theft. Keep a record of all communication you make with these agencies, including everything you send them, each person you talk to, and the date and time of all communication. Request a copy of your credit report and review it carefully for anything suspicious. Close all accounts that have been tampered with or opened without your knowledge or consent.
Find out more information on identity theft by downloading the Identity Theft Prevention & Repair Kit at the bottom of the page and visiting the Identity Theft Passport page.
Nov 8, 2012, 1:08 PM