Identity Theft Information

Identity theft has never been easier thanks to today's increasingly sophisticated technology. Common sense is the best protection against identity theft, and there are several things to know to protect your identity.

What to do if your identity has been stolen

To seek assistance, you may call:

  • Your bank and credit card companies. Ask your financial institution to:
  • Your local law enforcement agency

Protect your identity

There are several things you can do to reduce the chance that you will become a victim:
  • Guard your identity. Keep bank account numbers, personal identification numbers (PINs) and Social Security numbers out of your wallet.
  • Use strong passwords and change them regularly for online accounts and mobile devices.
  • Destroy financial documents such as old bank statements or credit offers that contain account numbers or account information.
  • Use caution when providing financial information over the phone or internet.
  • Avoid using unsecured wi-fi network connections to complete online transactions.
  • Review your accounts to verify no unauthorized transactions occurred.
  • Collect your mail daily and avoid placing checks in your mailbox for postal pickup.
  • Safeguard your checkbook and supply of checks.
  • If your wallet, checkbook, debit and/or credit cards are lost or stolen, act immediately to reduce the potential for damage to your personal funds and financial information.

FTC Identity Theft Website can help you report identity theft.

Identity Theft Summary of Rights

Remedying the effects of Identity Theft and additional rights for victims