by Carol Hall
What is Identity Theft?
Identity Theft occurs when someone uses your name, address, Social Security Number (SSN), bank or credit card account number, or other identifying information without your knowledge to commit fraud or other crimes.
How can someone steal my identity?
Identity thieves may use a variety of low and high tech methods to gain access to your personally identifying information. For example:
Stealing Records from their employer
Hacking into business computers
Rummaging through your trash, the trash of businesses
Stealing purses and wallets containing identification, credit and bank cards
Complete a "Change of Address Form" to divert mail to another location
Steal personal information from your home
How to Protect Yourself
Get a shredder and shred all personal information
Don't carry your SS Card in your purse or wallet
Order a copy of your credit report every year
Do not give out any personal information over the phone, unless you have called the business
Take your name off the mailing lists and offers for pre approved credit, you can call 1-888-567-8688 this one call is shared with 3 credit bureaus