Identity Theft

This article contains information on how to protect yourself from identity theft, as well as what to do to if your personal information becomes exposed, or if you actually become a victim of identity theft. It is based on the materials available through the Federal Trade Commission's Identity Theft website. Links to additional information can be found in the Resources section.

What is Identity Theft?

Identity theft occurs when someone uses another's personal information such as name, Social Security number, driver's license number, credit card number or other identifying information to take on that person's identity in order to commit fraud or other crimes.

In the following pages, you will learn how to deter an initial assault, detect if one may have occurred, and defend yourself should you identity have been stolen. Plus we supply contact information you would need in the event of an identity theft.

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