Identity theft occurs when your personal identification information (name, social security number, driver license number, etc.) has been used fraudulently to open credit or bank accounts, to obtain loans, arrange for utility services or to make other purchases.
When identity theft occurs, immediately contact the fraud department at the company or financial institution where your information was used, advise them of the theft and have the account closed or cancelled.
Make a police report as soon as possible and contact the three major credit reporting companies. Confirm that a fraud alert is placed on your personal credit file to help prevent any future misuse of your personal identification information.
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- Business opportunity fraud
- Commonly used scams
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- Homeowners & Mortgage Fraud