Identity Theft


The Identity Theft First Aid Kit will guide you through your response and recovery process. 

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Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in the country. 

Identity theft is the unauthorized use of another person's "personal identifying information" to obtain credit, goods, services, money, or property; or commit a felony or misdemeanor.  It can not be prevented but you can minimize the risk of becoming a victim.

The following tips can help you avoid becoming a victim of identity theft.


  • carry Social Security card
  • carry several credit cards
  • give personal information over the telephone
  • print identification numbers on checks
  • answer unsolicited email requests for personal information


  • look for financial statements and bills on due dates
  • review statements and bills promptly
  • when ordering checks, if possible, pick up at bank
  • keep personal papers in a safe place
  • remove mail promptly from your mailbox
  • shred personal mail and information
  • stop mail while on vacation
  • STOP telemarketing calls by calling the National Do Not Call Registry 1-888-382-1222
  • shop with online merchants that have a secure site (URL, or web site address, should begin with "https).  A graphic, such as a lock, should appear in the bottom right corner of your browser bar.

REMOVE your name from marketing lists by calling 1-888-5-OPTOUT (567-8688)

REQUEST credit reports annually from ALL three reporting agencies.  NO FEE   (877-322-8228)

If You Suspect Identity Theft:

  • File a police report and request a copy.
  • File a complaint with the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) at 877-483-4338
  • Close all accounts affected.
  • Contact your bank.
  • Keep a detailed log of who has been contacted and copies of all correspondence.
  • Place fraud alerts on all accounts with one of the following: 

Equifax: 1-800-525-6285 

Experian: 1-888-397-3742

TransUnion: 1-800-680-7289

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