The Federal Trade Commission has developed a one-stop national resource website.
It provides detailed information to help you Deter, Detect, and Defend against identity theft. While there are no guarantees about avoiding identity theft, there are steps you can take to minimize your risk and minimize the damage if a problem occurs:
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.
The website allows you to view or print an easy-to-follow brochure on how to Deter, Detect, and Defend against identity theft. And for more in-depth information on recovering from identity theft and help with specific problems, you can read Take Charge: Fighting Back Against Identity Theft.
Security Tips, Games and Videos at OnGuard Online
This site provides practical tips from the federal government and the technology industry. Click the image below to learn more.
"Identity Theft: Outsmarting the Crooks"
A DVD that provides consumers with information on how to recognize identity theft, how to protect themselves, and what they should do if they become a victim is now available. The DVD features experts from the government and the private sector on the scope of the identity theft problem and how a few simple steps can significantly increase protection. The DVD also includes resources that can be downloaded to a personal computer including sample forms and letters that victims can use in reporting the crime and collecting evidence. Consumers can obtain the DVD from the Federal Citizen Information Center in Pueblo, Colorado, for a $2 handling charge. For more information or to order a DVD, please use the following link:
Free Emergency Financial First Aid Kit
As part of National Preparedness Month, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Citizen Corps, Federal Emergency Management Agency, USA Freedom Corps, and Operation HOPE, Inc. unveiled an Emergency Financial First Aid Kit.
The Emergency Financial First Aid Kit is a simple tool to help Americans minimize the financial impact of a natural disaster or national emergency. It helps users identify and organize key financial records and serves as a quick reference to their most important financial documents.
Please click here to download the free Emergency Financial First Aid Kit.
Other Useful Links:
http://www.getnetwise.org - a public service website that discusses keeping children safe online, stoppping unwanted e-mail and spam, protecting your computer from hackers and viruses, and keeping your personal info private.
Fight Back Against Identity Theft - a one-stop national resource to learn about the crime of identity theft. It provides detailed information to help you deter, detect, and defend against identity theft.
Additional Ways In Which You Can Keep Yourself Safe From Phishing Scams:
- Do not click any links inside an e-mail that is suspected to be spoofed. Instead, go directly to the valid company's site then log on from there or call the company directly.
- Ensure that any website visited is secure when submitting sensitive information such as credit card numbers. One indication that a web address is secure is if it starts with https:// rather than http://. Another indication is a padlock icon at the bottom of the screen which when clicked, displays a security certificate.
- Ensure that your browser is up-to-date and security patches are always promptly applied. For IE (Internet Explorer) browsers, a special patch relating to certain phishing schemes can be downloaded at http://www.microsoft.com/security/.
- Avoid opening any file attachments of suspected phishing e-mail messages as it might execute a "spyware" program that can steal personal information.