Identity fraud issues have become a major problem in the United States.  According to several sources many “financial institutions and government agencies are working to prevent identity fraud.”  Even though these agencies are working to help us, there are certain steps that we may also take to protect ourselves from those who fraudulently use our personal information.

Here are some helpful tips to protect your valuable information and to avoid becoming a victim of identity fraud:

Don’t become a victim of identity fraud- Protect your information!

  • Don't carry your Social Security card, passport or birth certificates with you.
  • Don't give any personal information to anyone on the phone or through the mail or Internet unless you initiated contact with them. This includes your Social Security number, your bank account number, your mother's maiden name, your address, or your credit card numbers
  • Secure your mail by placing a lock on your mailbox
  • Order a copy of your credit report at least once a year
  • Place your name on “Do Not Call” lists
  • Ask the 3 major credit agencies, TransUnion, Experian and Equifax, to remove your name from the lists they sell to companies
  • Make sure that your credit card companies do not solicit your information to third parties
  • Delete online cookies from your computer.  This will help protect your personal online information from hackers
  • Consult with a local attorney who can help restore your stolen identity

You may also want to contact the police, file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission or file a complaint with the Better Business Bureau.

What is Identity Theft?

Identity theft is dangerous and needs to be penalized strictly.  Identity fraud occurs when someone fraudulently uses your personal information, such as your Social Security Number, credit card or bank account number, or other valuable identifying information for financial gain or criminal purposes.

If you think you may be a victim of a identity fraud, visit LawInfo.com to find a identity theft attorney to help restore your stolen identity.

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