The Federal Trade Commission created a website to educate people about the various aspects of identity theft. Listed below are just a few topics that the website covers. County Bank invites you to visit the FTC's website to learn more.
- What identity theft means & how it can occur
- How to find out if your identity was stolen
- What to do if your identity is stolen
- How to protect yourself from identity theft
- How to file a complaint with the FTC
Protect Your Identity
Identity theft can cause more headaches than you may realize. In fact, it can make it hard for you to put utilities in your name, get a job, rent an apartment, and more! It's never too late to change your habits to protect yourself from identity theft. Learn more at consumer.gov, a website sponsored by the Federal Trade Commission.
- Keep your financial records, Social Security and Medicare cards in a safe place
- Shred papers and solicitations that have your account number, personal, or medical information listed
- Take mail out of your mailbox as soon as you can
- Only give your Social Security Number if you must. Ask if you can use another form of identification
- Never give your financial or personal information to someone who calls or emails you
- Watch your bills and account statements for transactions that were not conducted by you
Help! I think my identity has been stolen!
Place a fraud alert with the credit reporting bureaus
- Equifax: 1-800-525-6285
- Experian: 1-888-397-3742
- TransUnion: 1-800-680-7289
Visit the FTC's Identity Theft Resources website for more in-depth information and tools.