Identity Theft Protection

Avoiding Fraud

Why should you care about identity theft? Because it could show up at your door at any moment. And ID theft doesn’t knock.

Identity theft is when a criminal steals your name, contact information and other personal information to commit fraud or other crimes – normally resulting in their own financial gain. ID theft has become an increasing epidemic in the U.S., as the growth of the Internet has provided new opportunities to “cash in” by stealing the identities of others.

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Different Types of Fraud

Identity theft is when a criminal steals your name, contact information and other personal information to commit fraud or other crimes – normally resulting in their own financial gain. ID theft has become an increasing epidemic in the U.S., as the growth of the Internet has provided new opportunities to “cash in” by stealing the identities of others.

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Fraud Victims' Rights

If you’ve been victimized by identity theft, you need to know your rights. After all, rectifying the problem can be a daunting task, so knowing how to legally resolve the matter is critical.

Here’s an ID theft hit list of things to do if you’ve become a victim:

  1. Notify all 3 credit bureaus.
  2. Monitor your credit reports (If you need instant online credit monitoring).
  3. Notify state or federal law enforcement and the Federal Trade Commission.

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