Identity Theft

Identity theft is much more than an inconvenience—it can devastate your credit rating and derail financial security. Identity theft occurs when someone steals your personal information and uses it to commit fraud or other crimes. With thieves constantly on the prowl for personal information, learn what steps you can take to protect your identity.

Phishing Scam Targets DoD Military Members and Civilian Employees

Phishing Scam Targets DoD Military Members and Civilian Employees

Be alert: In June 2012 the IRS warned that there is a new email phishing scam circulating that targets Department of Defense military members, retirees and civilian employees.


Take Charge: Fighting Back Against Identity Theft

Writing a check at the grocery store, charging tickets to a ball game or applying for a credit card. Chances are you don't give these everyday transactions a second thought–but an identity thief does. There are, however, ways you can take charge and fight back.

Five Tips for Safe Mobile Banking

Banking through your phone or tablet is quick and convenient, but don’t forget these five tips to help keep your money—and identity—safe.

What Is It?

How can someone steal my identity? What are the effects of identity theft? Should I use a credit monitoring service?

Minimize Your Risk

What if your personal information has been compromised? What is an Active Duty Alert? When should I give out my Social Security number?

Victimized?—Take These Steps ASAP

If you are a victim of identity theft, take these four steps as soon as possible, and keep a record with the details of your conversations and copies of all correspondence.

Deter, Detect, Defend: Avoid ID Theft

Each year, millions of Americans have their identity stolen. While there are no guarantees for avoiding identity theft, it’s important to practice the "three Ds": Deter, Detect and Defend.

Recovery and Resolution

While dealing with problems resulting from identity theft can be time-consuming and frustrating, most victims can resolve their cases by being assertive, organized and knowledgeable about their legal rights.

Additional Resources

Vets Should Delete Unsolicited Email Offers and Not Disclose Personal Information to Unsolicited Callers
In the wake of the recent data breach at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA), the Federal Trade Commission is cautioning veterans and their families to be on the alert for scams that target their personal information.

"Active Duty" Alerts Help Protect Military Personnel from Identity Theft
The last thing you want to worry about while you're on deployment is someone assuming your identity to commit financial fraud. Now, you don't have to. Amendments to the Fair Credit Reporting Act allow you to place an "active duty alert" in your credit report.

"Phishing" and Other Online Identity Theft Scams: Don't Take the Bait
One way fraudsters get your personal financial information is through "phishing" scams. Learn how to avoid taking the bait.