Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes. It happens when someone steals your personal information and then uses it to buy things that you have to pay for.
The thief can:
You need to protect your personal information to avoid being responsible for purchases you did not make. You can check for identity theft at least three times a year by getting a copy of your credit report from each of the three credit bureaus. (We’ll talk about credit reports and credit bureaus in the next topic.)
Criminals and con artists use scams to trick unsuspecting people into handing over their money. Learn more about how to protect yourself from common scams.
Cleaning up once your identity has been stolen is a very time-consuming job, so it is important to take time to do the necessary steps to be sure no one is ever able to make you a victim of identity theft.