Identity theft occurs when someone uses your name, Social Security number, credit card number or other personal information without your permission to commit fraud or other crimes.
How to Prevent Identity Theft
Protect Your Credit Card and Financial Information
- Only enter credit card information on secure websites.
- Web addresses that begin with https and that have a lock icon in the address bar are secured with encryption software to protect your information.
Monitor Your Credit
- Set up alerts for your credit card(s) and bank accounts.
- Order a free credit report at AnnualCreditReport.com, and beware of imposter credit report websites.
- For more information, see the Federal Trade Commission's Free Credit Reports page.
If You Suspect Your Identity Has Been Compromised
Visit IdentityTheft.gov, the federal government's one-stop resource to help you report and recover from identity theft.