Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in America. Identity thieves can use your social security number to fraudulently obtain credit in your name. They may gather this personal information by:
- Stealing wallets, purses and your mail that contain your personal information.
- Stealing personal information you provide to an unsecured web site.
- Rummaging thru your trash, the trash of businesses and public trash dumps for personal information.
- Posing by phone or e-mail as someone who legitimately needs information about you.
To protect yourself from becoming a victim of identity theft, carefully guard your confidential, personal information. You should never dispose of bank or credit card statements, pre-approved credit offers, or other items that contain your personal information into the trash. They should always be shredded.If you think you may be a victim of identity theft, you should contact the Federal Trade Commission at 877-438-4338 or www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/idtheft You can also monitor your credit report periodically at www.annualcreditreport.com