Tag: identity theft

If you find mistakes when you review your credit reports, send letters explaining the mistakes to the 3 credit reporting companies and the businesses involved.

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Protecting your personal information can help reduce your risk of identity theft. There are four main ways to do it: know who you share information with; store and dispose of your personal information securely, especially your Social Security...

A debt collector may contact you if an identity thief opens accounts in your name and doesn’t pay the bills. To stop contact and collection action, get in touch with the debt collector, the business that opened the fraudulent account, and the...

An identity thief may steal your Social Security number and sell it, or use the number to get a job or other benefits.

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In the unlikely event that an identity thief uses your name, date of birth, Social Security number, or other personal information during an investigation or arrest, the information is added to your state’s criminal database. The information also...

Identity thieves know no bounds when it comes to committing their crime. They have been known to hijack driver’s licenses and passports, steal mail, tamper with investment accounts, secure utility services, get student loans, and file for...

If you are a victim of identity theft and have created an Identity Theft Report, you may want to place an extended fraud alert or a credit freeze on your credit file. There are important differences between these two options:

A freeze...

Identity theft protection services can help you monitor your accounts. They can place fraud alerts or freezes on your credit reports or remove your name from marketing mailing lists. Many people find it valuable and convenient to pay a company...

Servicemembers who deploy can place an active duty alert on their credit reports to help minimize their risk of identity theft.

An active duty alert on a credit report means businesses have to take extra steps before granting credit in your...

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