Identity Theft: What to know, What to do

Is someone using your personal or financial information to make purchases, get benefits, file taxes, or commit fraud? That’s identity theft.

If have become a victim of fraud, the Federal Trade Commission shares that the first step is to call the companies where the fraud occurred.

  • Call the fraud department. Explain that someone stole your identity. Ask them to close or freeze the accounts. Then, no one can add new charges unless you agree.
  • Change logins, passwords, and PINS for your accounts.

Visit to report theft and get a personal recovery plan. Learn more steps in the FTC’s resource, Identity Theft: What to know, What to do.

By:  Nora Rhoades