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Fighting Back Against Identity Theft

Common Ways Id Theft Happens:
Skilled identity thieves use a variety of methods to steal your personal information, including:

  1. Dumpster Diving. They rummage through trash looking for bills or other paper with your personal information on it
  2. Skimming. They steal credit/debit card numbers
  3. Phishing. They pretend to be financial institutions
  4. Changing Your Address. They divert your billing statements to another location
  5. "Old-Fashioned" Stealing. They steal wallets and purses; mail, including bank and credit card statements; pre-approved credit offers; and new checks or tax information. They steal personnel records from their employers.
DETER
Identity theft is a serious crime. It occurs when your personal information is stolen and used without your knowledge to commit fraud or other crimes. Identity theft can cost you time and money.

Deter identity thieves by safeguarding your information.

DETECT
Detect suspicious activity by routinely monitoring your financial accounts and billing statements.
DEFEND
Defend against ID theft as soon as you suspect it.

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