Identity Theft

Sunday, 28 September 2008 18:00

Identity Theft Using Your Social Security Number

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Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in America. The Social Security Administration gives some tips on home to keep your social security number protected.

  • Remember you Social Security number is confidential. Be careful about sharing your number with anyone who asks for it.

  • Don’t make it easy for someone to steal your number. Identity thieves get your personal information by stealing your purses, wallets, and mail. They can also get it by sorting through trash for personal data or even posing as someone who legitimately needs your information, such as a bank or employer.

  • DO NOT carry your card with you. Show it to your employer when you start a new job, then put it in a safe place

If you suspect someone is your using your Social Security number, you need to file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission by calling 1-877-IDTHEFT (1-877-438-4338) or online at


Tuesday, 18 December 2007 17:00

Identity Theft

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If you are a victim of identity theft, take the following four steps as soon as possible and keep a record detail of your conversation and copies of all correspondence.

1. Place a fraud alert on your credit reports, and review your credit reports.

2. Close the accounts that you know or believe have been tampered with or opened fraudulently.

3. File a report with your local police or with the police in the community where the identity theft took place.

4. File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.

If you place a fraud report on your credit the one company you call is required to call the other two reporting agency. The three reporting agency are:

Equifax: 1-800-525-6285:

Experian: 1-800-397-3742:

Transunion: 1-800-690-7289: