Identity Theft

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 mail
  • 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.
  • Review Florida's ID Theft Victim Kit for details on what to do and who to contact.

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