Identity theft has been a hot topic for a number of years. We frequently hear news stories and wonder, "Can that happen to me?" Identity theft can happen to anyone, but there are ways to protect yourself.
Here are a few helpful suggestions to prevent or detect Identity Theft:
- Check your credit report and review it for accuracy
- Review your bills and statements on a regular basis
- Shred items containing personal sensitive information versus placing them in the trash
- Use caution when giving out personal information
- Report lost or stolen checks, debit cards or credit cards immediately
For up-to-date information and articles on Identity Theft please review www.bankersonline.com.
If you believe you are a victim of identity theft - there is help:
Contact the fraud departments of the 3 major credit bureaus:
- Notify your financial institution
- Inform your credit issuers
- File a police report with your local law enforcement agency
For additional information and advice you can call the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Identity Theft Hotline toll-free at 877.IDTHEFT (438.4338) or visit their ID Theft Website.
This information is referenced from HMI/CBA 2003.