PROTECT. DETECT. CORRECT against Identity Theft.

WHAT IS IDENTITY THEFT?
Typical identity theft involves a thief stealing your personal information to pose as you in some way.

SYNTHETIC IDENTITY THEFT
A newer and growing variety - synthetic identity is born when your personal information is combined with fake data to create a brand new, fake identity. A thief will combine your Social Security number with a different name or other fake credentials. Synthetic identity theft can be harder to detect - which will lead to more damage in the long run.

STATISTICS
-One of the fastest growing crimes in America
-The Bureau of Justice Statistics estimates hat identity theft victimized close to 17 million people in 2012 alone
-Identity theft has topped the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's ranking of consumer complaints for 15 years

HOW CAN IDENTITY THEFT AFFECT ME?
- drain your bank account
- make purchases with your credit cards
- open new accounts (bank, cell  phone, utility, credit card, etc.) in  your name
- get identity and government  documents issued with your name
- receive medical care
- take out loans in your name

GENERAL TACTICS
-Mail theft
-Dumpster diving
-Shoulder surfing
-Purse or wallet snatching

IMMEDIATE ACTION
1. Call any business where you know fraud took place. Ask to speak with the fraud department Ask for your cards or account to be frozen.
2. Place an initial fraud alert on your files. Contact one of the three major U.S. credit reporting companies to report yourself as a victim of identity theft.
3. Order a credit report. By law, you are entitled to a free copy of your credit report once a year from all three companies. Prepare copies for the FTC and your local police.
4. File a complaint about the theft with the FTC. You can do so online or over the phone.
5. File a police report. Go to your local police to report you are a victim  to identity theft. Bring along a copy of your FTC Identity Theft Affidavit; any other proof of identity; proof of
your address; a government-issued photo I. D.

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