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Identity Theft

In 2017, nearly 16.7 million people had their identities stolen by thieves who unlawfully access their personal and financial information. Once your personal information is in the hands of a scammer, you could lose your money, your good credit rating, and your overall financial health.

Protect Yourself

Follow and share these tips to protect yourself and others against identity theft.

  • Never share personal information

    Don’t give your personal identifying information such as name, date of birth, Social Security number, mother’s maiden name, credit card number, or bank PIN code with someone you don’t know and don’t trust.

  • Deposit outgoing mail before collection time

    Deposit outgoing mail into USPS® Blue Collection Boxes before the last collection time or at your local post office.

  • Sign credit cards immediately

    Sign new credit cards right when you get them—before someone else does. If you applied for a card and didn’t receive it when expected, call the financial institution.

  • Monitor credit card expiration dates

    Closely monitor the expiration dates on your credit cards and contact the issuer if you don’t receive a replacement prior to the expiration date.

  • Review credit reports

    Keep track of your credit and check your credit reports annually.

  • Don't share personal information

    Never give personal information over the phone or Internet unless you initiated the contact and you are sure the company is legitimate.

  • Leave your Social Security card at home

    Never carry your Social Security card or birth certificate with you.

Identity theft is America’s fastest growing crime.


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