Resources for Identity Theft
Outlined below are public and private websites that gather, analyze and disseminate data as well as provide necessary guidance for victims of fraud. They are recognized for providing excellent information related to Identity Theft. Those websites are:
- http://onguardonline.gov – On-guard Online is a resource from the federal government and managed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). It is geared exclusively toward navigating the web securely.
- http://www.staysafeonline.org – Stay Safe Online is a non-profit resource hosted by the National CyberSecurity Alliance with a primary mission of educating the public on issues of online security.
- http://www.idtheftcenter.org/index.html – The Identity Theft Resource Center is a non-profit consortium of some of the country’s largest corporations who have felt the burden of expanding fraud and identity theft losses. This is a valuable resource for anybody who has experienced any form of identity theft.
- https://www.ftc.gov – The Federal Trade Commission website offers an additional site for filing a complaint as well as reviewing other information related to ID theft.
- http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx – The Internet Crime Complaint Center, a partnership between the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center, maintains records of past schemes designed by hackers to gain access to personal identifying credentials.
The IC3 website also provides a comprehensive resource for victims of identity theft to report an intrusion into secure online accounts.
Credit Reporting Bureaus
We recommend you check your credit report no less than annually. Under federal law, you are entitled to one free credit report per year from each of the consumer reporting agencies. This report is available through the internet at: www.annualcreditreport.com. In addition, you may request a credit report directly from the agencies at:
Experian: 1-888-397-3742 www.experian.com
Equifax: 1-800-685-1111 www.equifax.com
Transunion: 1-800-888-4213 www.transunion.com
Each of these agencies also have resources available to help you report suspected fraudulent items on your credit report at the numbers below:
Below are a few simple reminders for maintaining security on your personal and business computers.
Computer Security Tips (www.OnguardOnline.gov)
- Use security software that updates automatically
- Treat your personal information like cash
- Check out companies approaching you online to find out who you are really dealing with
- Give personal information over encrypted sites only (look for https: in the address bar)
- Protect your passwords
- Back up your files to an external hard drive or removable disk
Laptop Security Tips (www.OnguardOnline.gov)
- Be on guard and aware of your surroundings when using your laptop in public places, such as airports or hotels
- Don’t turn your back on it, even for a minute
- Don’t leave it in your car unattended
- If it is stolen, report it immediately to law enforcement and change your passwords to your e-mail account and all online sites that may contain your personal information.