Protect Yourself From Fraud & Identity Theft
Identity theft continues to be the highest reported consumer crime to the Federal Trade Commission, and has been for fifteen consecutive years.
According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), identity theft victims may:
- Have thousands of dollars in debt accrued in their names
- Get a scarred credit history
- Be denied loans, mortgages, and employment
- Not be able to open a bank account
- Have to spend months or years to try to resolve financial errors and problems
Helpful steps to help protect yourself:
- Brush up on common scams and warning signs.
- Keep personal information confidential.
- Change your passwords and PINs regularly.
- Order your credit reports.
- Shred unneeded documents.
- Watch out for unusual transactions.
- Resist pressure to act quickly.
- Talk to your loved ones about fraud.
- Report it.
To get more information about how you can protect yourself from frauds and scams, follow the links listed below:
You should closely monitor your accounts. If you believe you are/have been a victim of a fraud, scam, or identity theft:
- Promptly contact us at (715) 748-2447 and file a complaint with the FTC at www.ftc.gov/idtheft or at (877) 438-4338.