Identity theft occurs when someone uses your personal information to commit fraud. Victims of identity theft are often left with debt and credit problems.
To prevent identity theft and fraud, follow these five tips:
- Review your financial information regularly, including your bank statements. Act quickly if you suspect identity theft.
- Shred financial documents before discarding.
- Ask the post office to hold your mail when you’re away.
- Leave your Social Security card in a safe place at home, not in your wallet.
- Keep your computer safe – install antivirus software. Don’t click on links in unsolicited/unknown email messages and don’t use obvious passwords.
- If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
For more information on protecting your identity and avoiding fraud, visit the Federal Trade Commission.