Identity theft is still one of the fastest growing crimes, victimizing millions of Americans each year. With the Internet and so many other avenues to steal our personal information, total protection against ID theft is difficult. But there are some measures you can take to help reduce the risk of identity theft. Keep your personal information private. Now that may sound like a “no-brainer,” but people still give out personal information, such as Social Security number, date of birth, mother’s maiden name, credit card number, or bank PIN code, over the phone and online to complete strangers. Don’t do it unless you initiated the call or email or know the people or group.
Monitor you accounts for fraud. And if you feel you are a victim, contact the credit bureaus and put a fraud alert on your accounts. Report ID fraud. Help us help you.