LINDON CITY IDENTITY THEFT AND FRAUD INFORMATION
What is Identity Theft?
Identity Theft is a federal crime. It occurs when someone uses another’s personal information without their knowledge or permission for financial or other gain. Identity theft is a growing crime with millions of people victimized each year. It’s important to be aware of common scams and signs to help protect yourself from becoming a victim of identity theft.
How to Protect Yourself from Identity Theft
Below are a few ways to help protect yourself from identity theft crimes.
- Shred all unwanted documents containing personal information.
- Avoid sharing personal information over the phone in public settings. If you must, speak in a low voice and shield your mouth if possible.
- Minimize what items you carry in your purse and wallet. Never carry your social security card unless absolutely necessary!
- Be aware of potential scams such as false lottery wins, charity scams, imposter, or pressure scams.
- Memorize your pin numbers, do not keep them written down or share them with others.
- Regularly check your bank accounts and card activity for unfamiliar charges.
- Check for card skimmers and evidence of tampering when using a card at gas pumps or ATMs.
- Carefully read internet disclosures before downloading software to avoid malware on your electronic devices.
- Do not open any emails or attachments from unknown addresses.
- Make sure you have up-to-date security software including firewalls and other anti-virus programs.
What to Do if You Become a Victim of Identity Theft
- Contact your local police department to report the crime. You can contact the Lindon Police Department at (801)769-8600.
- Contact your bank to cancel any credit cards that are being used without your consent.
- Record all un-lawful transactions that have taken place.
- Contact the business/store where the fraud took place to stop any further charges.
- File a complainant with the FTC, either online or over the phone - ftccomplaintassistant.gov - (877)438-4338.