Identity Theft

What Is Identity Theft?

Identity Theft is a crime that is spreading throughout the world .

Identity theft is a serious crime. Identity theft happens when someone uses information about you without your permission. With that comes the responsibility of paying the money that the theft uses from your account.

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How Can Thefts Receive My Information?

A theft can get your personal information through online or even through your trash or they can even steal your information through gas pumps or if they overcome a store system. they can get it by calling as a company asking for information and taking your social security number.

How Do You Know If Its Happening To You?

Sometimes, you can tell if someone steals your identity.

  • Read your bills. Do you see charges for things you did not buy?
  • Watch your bank account statement. Are there withdrawals you did not make? Are there changes you do not expect?
  • Check your mail. Did you stop getting a bill? Or did you start getting a new bill you do not know about?
  • Get your credit report. Are there accounts or other information you do not recognize?

How To Protect Myself?

Protect your personal information. That helps you protect your identity. Here are some things you can do:

  • At home:
    • keep your financial records, Social Security and Medicare cards in a safe place
    • shred papers that have your personal or medical information
    • take mail out of your mailbox as soon as you can
  • As you do business:
    • only give your Social Security number if you must. Ask if you can use another kind of identification
    • do not give your personal information to someone who calls you or emails you
  • On the computer:
    • use passwords that are not easy to guess. Use numbers and symbols when you can
    • do not respond to emails or other messages that ask for personal information
    • do not put personal information on a computer in a public place, like the library

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