Identity Theft

Identity Theft occurs when someone uses your personally identifying information, like your name, Social Security number, or credit card number, without your permission, to commit fraud or other crimes.

Avoid Identity Theft

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) estimates that as many as 9 million Americans have their identities stolen each year. You can find out ways to prevent this from happening to you and how to defend against it if you become a victim by visiting www.ftc.gov/idtheft or checking some of our quick tips on this website. There are several different actions you can take to prevent this from happening and you are not alone.

Deter

Deter identity thieves by safeguarding your information.

Detect

Be alert to signs that require immediate attention:

Inspect:

Defend

Defend against ID theft as soon as you suspect it.

 

 

The information presented on this website was taken from the FTC website: ftc.gov/idtheft

Scams

You can sidestep would-be scammers by following these common-sense rules:

Who Should You Notifiy

Examples of Scams From Other Sources

 

1. Someone claims that "craigslist" will guarantee a transaction, certify a buyer/seller, OR claims that craigslist will handle or provide protection for a payment.

2. Distant person offers a genuine-looking (but fake) cashier's check

3. Someone requests wire service payment via Western Union or MoneyGram:

4. Distant person offers to send you a money order and then have you wire money:

5. Distant seller suggests use of an online escrow service.

6. Distant seller asks for a partial payment upfront, after which he will ship goods

7. Foreign company offers you a job receiving payments from customers, then wiring funds

 

 

Has This Happened To You

If your information has been stolen and used by an identity thief click here.

If your information may have been stolen, but may or may not have been used by an identity thief click here.

To learn more about Identity Theft click here.

 

Scam Information

For more information about Scams click here.