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How Does Identity Theft Happen?
Identity thieves obtain other people's personal information in many ways, such as:
Going through trash or "dumpster diving."
Stealing personnel records from their employers
Stealing wallets or purses
Using fake emails to solicit personal information
Tips for Preventing Identity Theft
Don't give out personal information unless you're sure who you're dealing with.
Don't use obvious passwords.
Keep your information secure.
Protect your Social Security number.
Safeguard information on your computer.
Shred financial documents before discarding them.
If You Are a Victim
Call Florida's Fraud Hotline at 866-9-NO-SCAM and the Federal Trade Commission at 877-ID-THEFT.
File a police report.
Florida's ID Theft Victim Kit
for details on what to do and who to contact.
Free Credit Reports
is the official site for consumers to request a free credit report from each of the nationwide consumer credit reporting companies: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. You can request a free report every 12 months.
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