Be aware of missed bills which could indicate your account has been taken over.
Be cautious of scams requiring you to provide your personal information.
Check each your credit bureau free once per year.
Ensure websites are secure prior to submitting your credit card number.
Monitor your credit statements monthly for any fraudulent activity. " Report unauthorized transactions to your bank or credit card company as soon as possible.
Never give your credit card number over the phone unless you make the call.
Review a copy of your credit report at least once a year.
Shred documents with personal identifying information.
About the Crime
Identity theft occurs when someone appropriates another persons personal information without their knowledge to commit theft or fraud. Identity theft is a vehicle for perpetrating other types of fraud schemes. Typically, the victim is led to believe they are divulging sensitive personal information to a legitimate business, sometimes as a response to an email solicitation to update billing or membership information, or as an application to a fraudulent Internet job posting.