Archives - Identity Theft


Submit an identity theft report with the Federal Trade Commission

If you notice fraudulent activity on your bank account, notify the Federal Trade Commission immediately, then use the report to notify the police. A more comprehensive report will better equip the police to find the person responsible. To begin this process: Navigate to the Federal Trade Commission website. Click on “Get Started” on the home […]

Top cyber threats facing consumers: Personal cybersecurity tips

In July 2020, insurance company HSB released findings from a survey about consumer cyber threats. According to the results, 34% of respondents said they had experienced a cyber attack, with the most common incident cited being a malware or virus infection. While the threat landscape is broad, encouraging results from the survey indicated that consumers […]

Make your Twitter account temporarily private

If you have short-term privacy concerns or you suspect that you might be an identity theft target, you can temporarily lock your Twitter profile. From the “Settings and privacy” menu, click “Privacy and safety.” Then select “Protect your Tweets.”

What is identity theft?

Identity theft is the illegal acquisition and use of someone else’s personal information to obtain money or credit. Signs of identity theft include bills for products or services you did not purchase, suspicious charges on your credit cards, or new accounts opened in your name that you did not authorize.

Keep tabs on your apps

Most connected appliances, toys, and devices are supported by a mobile application. Your mobile device could be filled with suspicious apps running in the background or using default permissions you never realized you approved—gathering your personal information without your knowledge while also putting your identity and privacy at risk. Check your app permissions and use […]

How are victims of online identity theft chosen?

Identity theft is usually a crime of opportunity, so you may be victimized simply because your information is available. Thieves may target customers of certain companies for a variety of reasons; for example, a company database is easily accessible, the demographics of the customers are appealing, or there is a market for specific information. If […]