Keep Your Identity Yours
Identity theft occurs when an individual’s personal
information, such as their name, Social Security
number, or credit card number is used without
their consent to commit fraud and other
crimes. Identity thieves commonly use
the phone, postal mail, email, and the
Internet to trick unsuspecting consumers
into giving out personal information.
Many victims of identity theft are unaware
that their information has been
compromised until they are denied
credit or sent a bill for purchases they
did not make.
According to the Federal Trade
Commission, Florida has the highest
per capita rate of reported identity theft
complaints in the nation.
Minimize Your Risk of Becoming a Victim
Prevent identity theft by safeguarding your information.
Shred financial documents and paperwork,
protect your Social Security number,
never click on links sent in unsolicited
emails and keep your personal information
in a safe place.
Never give out personal information
unless you are certain you know
who you're dealing with or you initiated
Order a free copy of your credit
report from each of the three major
credit bureaus once a year from Equifax,
Experian and TransUnion, and review
them for discrepancies, such as
accounts that you’re unaware of or inaccuracies of
- CMSA Communicator