Protect Your Identity 

Help! I think my identity has been stolen! 

Place a fraud alert with the credit reporting bureaus 
Equifax: ​1-800-525-6285 
Experian: ​1-888-397-3742 
TransUnion: ​1-800-680-7289 
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Click here​ to view a copy of the FTC’s Taking Charge checklist to learn what to do if you 
suspect identity theft 
Visit ​ftc.gov/idtheft​ to access the FTC’s Identity Theft Resources website 

Avoid ID Theft: Deter, Detect, Defend. 

The Federal Trade Commission (ftc.gov) provides useful information about various aspects of 
identity theft on their web site such as: 
What identity theft means & how it can occur 
How to find out if your identity was stolen 
What to do if your identity is stolen 
How to protect yourself from identity theft 
How to file a complaint with the FTC 
Visit the ​FTC’s Website​ to learn more. 

Protect Your Identity 

Identity theft can cause more headache than you may realize. In fact, it can make it hard for you 
to put utilities in your name, get a job, rent an apartment, and more! It’s never too late to change 
your habits to protect yourself from identity theft. Learn more at ​consumer.gov​, a website 
sponsored by the Federal Trade Commission. 
Keep your financial records, Social Security and Medicare cards in a safe place 
Shred papers and solicitations that have your account number, personal, or medical 
information listed 
Take mail out of your mailbox as soon as you can 
Only give your Social Security Number if you must, ask if you can use another kind of 
identification 
Never give your financial or personal information to someone who calls or emails you 
Watch your bills and account statements for transactions that were not done by you 

Some other good resources related to Fraud and ID Theft 

IC3 partners with the FBI and NW3C (National White Collar Crime Center) to allow 
online complaint/investigation 
AARP Scam/Fraud page also has lots of helpful resources 
Mastercard provides U.S. cardholders with services to help detect and resolve identity 
theft at no extra cost. 
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