Safe Guard Your Identity

Identity theft occurs when a crook steals key pieces of personal information, which may include a name, address, date of birth or social security number, to gain access to a person's financial accounts. Armed with this information, an identity thief may open new credit or financial accounts, buy cars, rent an apartment or set up a utility in someone's name.

Must do tips to protect your identity:
  • Do not leave mail in your mail box overnight.
  • Do use the blue postal collection boxes.
  • Do use a shredder to tear up unwanted documents.
  • Do review your credit report annually.
Victim Suspicion
If you suspect that you are a victim of Identity theft:
  • If the crime involved the U.S. Mail Service contact you nearest U.S. Postal Inspection Service Office.
  • If the crime involves counterfeit credit cards or computer hacking, report it to the Secret Service.
  • Report the crime to your local police department and get an Identity Theft Affidavit (PDF).
  • Check whether the major credit reporting agencies have accounts in your name that were opened without your consent. Ask them to place a fraud alert on your file.
Visit these Websites for more information on Identity Theft:
Credit Reporting
Websites for the major credit reporting agencies: