Identity theft is an informal term for a class of crimes where someone wrongfully acquires or uses another’s personal or financial information in some way which involves fraud or deception and typically for economic gain. This information could include your Social Security number, credit card account number, bank account number or any other information which is unique to a person.
Once personal information is compromised, the identity thief may have the ability to complete transactions in your name, open unauthorized financial accounts or even commit crimes using your identity. Federal law provides liability limits for certain types of crimes, so although financial liability is limited, restoring credit and correcting information is a slow, time consuming process. Identity theft related reports have nearly doubled in the past four years in the unincorporated county.
| Identity Theft Resources|
|Please click on the image to the right to download a handout about Identity Theft. (.pdf)
|Please click on the image to the right to download a PowerPoint presentation about Identity Theft. (.pdf)
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