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.
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.
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.
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.
How can someone steal my identity? What are the effects of identity theft? Should I use a credit monitoring service?
What if your personal information has been compromised? What is an Active Duty Alert? When should I give out my Social Security number?
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.
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.
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.