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What is Identity Theft?

Identity Theft is a federal crime. It occurs when someone uses another’s personal information without their knowledge or permission for financial or other gain. Identity theft is a growing crime with millions of people victimized each year. It’s important to be aware of common scams and signs to help protect yourself from becoming a victim of identity theft.


How to Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

Below are a few ways to help protect yourself from identity theft crimes.

  • Shred all unwanted documents containing personal information.
  • Avoid sharing personal information over the phone in public settings. If you must, speak in a low voice and shield your mouth if possible.
  • Minimize what items you carry in your purse and wallet. Never carry your social security card unless absolutely necessary!
  • Be aware of potential scams such as false lottery wins, charity scams, imposter, or pressure scams.
  • Memorize your pin numbers, do not keep them written down or share them with others.
  • Regularly check your bank accounts and card activity for unfamiliar charges.
  • Check for card skimmers and evidence of tampering when using a card at gas pumps or ATMs.
  • Carefully read internet disclosures before downloading software to avoid malware on your electronic devices.
  • Do not open any emails or attachments from unknown addresses.
  • Make sure you have up-to-date security software including firewalls and other anti-virus programs.


What to Do if You Become a Victim of Identity Theft

  • Contact your local police department to report the crime. You can contact the Lindon Police Department at (801)769-8600.
  • Contact your bank to cancel any credit cards that are being used without your consent.
  • Record all un-lawful transactions that have taken place.
  • Contact the business/store where the fraud took place to stop any further charges.
  • File a complainant with the FTC, either online or over the phone - - (877)438-4338.