Identity theft occurs when someone acquires key pieces of another person’s identity with the intent to commit fraud. Information such as name, date of birth, social security number, mother’s maiden name, etc., can help a criminal impersonate another individual. Identity theft can happen to anyone, regardless of whether or not you use the Internet. In fact, experts say your mailbox and garbage are the easiest ways criminals can access your personal information.
Identity theft is the fastest growing crime facing every citizen. Identity theft is a felony crime; however, police cannot help with your credit record or undo the damage that has been done. Proper precautions with your information are the best protection.
The following link is a presentation that provides information on steps you as a consumer can take to secure your computer and protect yourself from identity theft, as well as actions you can take if you become a victim of identity theft:
“Don’t Be An Online Victim: How To Guard Against Internet Thieves and Electronic Scams”