Identity theft happens when someone steals your personal information and uses it without your permission. It is a serious crime that can wreak havoc with your finances, credit history, and reputation – and it can take time, money, and patience to resolve.
Jordan Harcharik, from SOCU, educated a group of chamber members on how to reduce the risk of identity theft happening to them and shared tips on how to help repair damage that identity theft can cause.
10 Things You Can Do To Avoid Fraud
- Spot imposters
- Do online searches
- Don’t believe your caller ID
- Don’t pay upfront for a promise
- Consider how you pay
- Talk to someone
- Hang up on robocalls
- Be skeptical about free trial offers
- Don’t deposit a check and wire money back
- Sign up for free scam alerts from the FTC at ftc.gov/scams