Deter, Detect and Defend
Identity theft is a serious crime. It occurs when your personal information is stolen and used without your knowledge to commit fraud or other crimes. Identity theft can cost you time and money. It can destroy your credit and ruin your good name.
Each year, millions of Americans have their identity stolen. The Federal Trade Commission, the nation's consumer protection agency, wants you to have the information you need to protect yourself against identity theft. This information is summed up in the FTC's clear and concise message on identity theft: Deter, Detect, Defend.
DETER identity thieves by safeguarding your information
DETECT suspicious activity by routinely monitoring your financial accounts and billing statements
DEFEND against ID theft as soon as you suspect a problem
Protect Yourself – and Your Computer
Simple Steps to Stay Safer Online
Safeguarding your computer is one important way to protect yourself against identity theft. A few simple steps go a long way toward improving your online safety:
• Install and use anti-virus programs
• Run anti-virus software to check incoming emails
• Update the virus definitions frequently