How can I prevent identity theft?

Identity theft can happen to you at anytime, but the following fraud prevention and identity theft tips can help you decrease the likelihood of becoming a victim of identity theft.

  • Before revealing personal information, find out how it will be used and if it will be shared with others.
  • Pay attention to your billing cycles. A missing credit card bill can mean a thief has taken over your credit card account and changed your address.
  • Check your financial institution statement each month. If you find transactions you did not authorize, contact us immediately.
  • Only carry the credit cards you need.
  • Do not give out personal information unless you have initiated contact and know to whom you are speaking.
  • Keep items with personal information in a safe place. Tear or shred charge receipts, copies of credit applications, insurance forms, checks and statements before putting them in the trash.
  • Leave your Social Security card in a secure place, and only bring it with you when needed.
  • Be wary of promotional scams. Identity thieves can use phony offers to receive personal information.

If you're a victim of identity theft:

  • Place a fraud alert on your credit report by calling Equifax at (888) 766-0008, Experian (888) 397-3742, or TransUnion (800) 680-7289.
  • Close any accounts that have been tampered with or opened fraudulently.
  • File a report with the police in the community where the identity theft took place and file a complaint with the FTC by visiting their website or calling (877) 438-4338.

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