With so many of the transactions we carry out in our daily lives taking place digitally, compromise of personal information is an increasingly common issue that can lead to identity theft and financial consequences. To protect yourself, you can use the resources below to learn to recognize, report, and act if you suspect that someone has stolen your personal information and could be using it fraudulently. Keep a watchful eye out and take steps to protect yourself if you see something suspicious.
Fraudulent activity resulting from someone accessing your personal information might include someone signing into accounts that belong to you or undertaking financial obligations using your information. The video below provides an overview of some signs of identity theft and what you can do next.
The Federal Trade Commission offers resources to help you recognize, guard against, and take steps to recover from identity theft. If you are worried or know that specific personal information (such as social security number or an account password) has been exposed, these steps for what to do when information is lost or exposed can help.
If you’re ever not sure where to start, you can begin with identitytheft.gov to walk you through available options.