Identity Theft: What You Need to Know

Overall, what is Identity theft?

Identity theft is when someone steals your social security number or account information and uses it without your permission. In fact, ID theft happens through:

  • Family members, friends, coworkers, neighbors, and strangers
  • Stealing a purse or wallet
  • Skimming account information
  • Sending a phishing email or text
  • Hacking personal data
  • Stealing mail
  • Searching through trash
  • Stealing smartphones or computers
  • Person impersonation
  • Medical or business record
Prevent Identity Theft

 How to Keep Your Personal Information Secure
Keeping your personal information secure can help reduce the chances of your identity being stolen. Therefore, see what other steps the Federal Trade Commission suggests consumers should take.

How to Prevent ID Theft
See what precautions credit reporting agency, TransUnion, suggests consumers take to prevent your personal information from being stolen.

Stop unsolicited mail, calls, and spam. Also, reduce the number of unwanted and sometimes illegal messages.

Tips from the IRS
Check out 13 tips from the IRS to help you avoid becoming the victim of ID theft.

What to do if your Identity was stolen

12 Steps for Identity Theft Victims
Check out the 12-step program for ID theft from Bankrate.

Signs of ID Theft
Do you think someone has stolen your identity? In general, once someone has stolen your personal information, they can drain your bank account, run up charges on your credit card, or open new utility accounts.

Steps to Repair ID Theft
If you have been struck by identity theft, take immediate action.

Finally, to contact a CCCS counselor about Identity Theft, click here.

Also, for more information about how to prevent ID Theft, click here.