Identity theft to crimes in which someone wrongfully obtains and uses another person's personal data.
approximately 19 people become victims of identity theft every minute.
You can Deter yourself from Identity theft by: - not carrying all your debit/credit cards and ID's with you at one time at one place - Being aware of surroundings at ATMs - Destroy copies of rental agreements after you've rented a car - Review bank and credit statements thoroughly
Some signs of Identity Theft are: - a creditor calling about a past due bill - a package you didn't order - a transaction being declined due to insufficient funds If these things happened, make sure to report it
You can Defend yourself by: - Contact Equifax.com, Experian.com, & Transunion.com - They'll provide a free credit report and put a "fraud alert" on your account
The value of a free credit report
A free credit report is valuable because it shows you where your money is going and what you have paid. If you notice anything suspicious, you can complete and Identity Theft Report.